This guy has instantly become my idol for saying exactly what I've been saying all along.
Oh wait....he's white....and therefore.....racist.
Irresponsible - and selfish - parents
If you have kids heedlessly, don't demand that society pay for your mistake
By TIBOR MACHAN
Ethics professor at Chapman University and adviser on libertarian issues to Freedom Communications
Coming to America from abroad as a kid and leaving the home of a brutal father, I started off penniless, working as a short-order cook and living at first in what used to be called a ghetto in Cleveland. Slowly I got myself out of this spot, first by working at better jobs, then by enlisting (since the U.S. Army would have conscripted me), and later by going to college at night and eventually full time while working 30 hours a week as a draftsman and at other jobs all through my undergraduate and graduate studies.
I was no less interested in finding the right mate and beginning a family than were most other people, but I clearly had no means for this. Not until I was 40 years old did I finally have the financial base that made it possible to raise a child. This was when I realized that my chosen career had reasonable prospects. I mention all this because I need to contrast how some people embark upon family life with how others do - especially given the complaints aired by many young parents in light of the impending budget cuts in California, cuts that will reduce or completely eliminate certain programs that essentially subsidize parenting for millions of people who shouldn't have embarked on raising children.
After the cuts were announced, some of these parents were, of course, promptly paraded before us on television news. I was privy to such an offering on the San Jose ABC-TV affiliate. The broadcast featured one young mother nearly in tears about the fact that the support she is getting now from the California government could well be reduced. Another held her baby in her arms while complaining about a similar fate. And the reporter was, naturally, intoning with earnest concern - learned, no doubt, from Peter Jennings, who is a master at such body and ordinary language - about how the projected cuts in funding for various programs will harm thousands of children. And Gov. Schwarzenegger was, of course, featured prominently as the bad guy who is insisting on some measure of fiscal responsibility in California on the backs of these unfortunate parents and children.
No one, as you might expect, said anything at all about why at least some of these parents and children are facing possible dire straits.
No one said anything about irresponsible parenting. No one aired even a murmur about how many of these parents embarked upon putting children into the world without serious preparation for taking care of them, expecting simply to just dump the kids on the rest of society. These parents have no compunction at all about demanding that government force the rest of us to fund their morally vile conduct.
There are alternatives, of course, including, first, to wait to have kids until one can afford to raise them. In cases where such efforts don't manage to produce sufficient support, the parents could appeal to voluntary charities. Or they could put their children up for adoption, a perfectly honorable option.
But in no case do these parents and their sentimental backers have any moral justification for expecting others in society to be forced to take care of the children the parents alone have brought into the world. The issues here don't involve whether the budget cuts are wise or not. I do know, however, that many of the parents who complain have no one to blame but themselves. Yes, there are some who did everything they could and still ended up needing help. They ought to appeal to us to help them, not enlist the government to coerce us to serve them.
But the others, the irresponsible ones, should admit their irresponsibility and seek help and forgiveness - not demand to be taken care of.
I wonder what the pro-illegal immigration crowd would have to say about this. Because you goddamn know what's going to happen if this "guest worker" plan becomes policy: The same thing that's been happeing all along. These illegals come over here, drop a kid or six on American soil, the kids are citizens by default, and of course, mommy and daddy get to stay with the kids; you can't break up a family and deport the illegals.