As part of his announcement about a new Preschool for All initiative, Barack Obama said just last week: “sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. And that’s not a choice we want Americans to make”.
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As a country we have now gone from one where women had to trumpet the right of women to enter the workforce with all the benefits given to men, to a place where our President has declared that he and his Progressive friends don’t WANT mothers to choose to stay home to raise their own children. Talk about a War on Women! He just declared the employment of Mothers to be of more value than the benefits to families of a stay-at-home Mom.
Perhaps Obama should instead be promoting the benefits of women being at home with their children, and of fathers remaining a in the lives of their family units as well.
Think of how the unemployment numbers would plummet! He could tout how good it is for the children to see that they matter more to their parents than does the mighty dollar. Talk about the decrease in stress for a Mother who has not had to work a full day at an office prior to coming home to do all the work of a Mother.
The choice he was talking about was to have to either stay home with no pay, or put children in day-care which may not be very good, and costs too much.
Snopes declares that he was not slamming stay-at-home Moms, but just saying we don’t want them to make that choice is in itself a slam.
Obama was promoting mandated maternity leave and paid leave during family crises. Obama decried the fact that some parents can’t afford the best of the pre-schools available, the good preschools are too far away, or have no open slots. This is where in his speech he spoke the words in the quote above.
He announced his true agenda when he said, “So let’s make this happen. By the end of this decade, let’s enroll 6 million children in high-quality preschool. Moms and dads deserve a great place to drop their kids off every day that doesn’t cost them an arm and a leg. We need better childcare, daycare, early childhood education policies.” He has called it his Preschool for All initiative, providing free preschool for all low and moderate income earners.
Tomorrow we will explore the unintended and intended consequences of this Preschool for All initiative.