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Why should we pay for her poor planning?

March 8, 2011

The government should not pay for childcare.  How very convenient it is for Fleur McQueen Smith to declare that children are a “societal responsibility” when she wants us to be responsible for taking care of her children.


According to yet another Star Phoenix article about child care, Smith has four children and a husband who is getting his PhD.  Seriously?  Shouldn’t he be working to support his family rather than expecting the government to do so?  (And they already must be receiving lots of government benefits for children.)  Or shouldn’t they have chosen to have fewer children until they were able to support all of them?


Society is not responsible for my children.  My husband and I are.  Likewise for Ms. Smith.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2011 1:02 pm

    The first logical fallacy that Ms. Smith made was to look for “licensed” child care. It doesn’t have to be licensed to be good – I know 10 women that have done day care and none of them licensed themselves.

    The second logical fallacy is that the husband can’t work while working on his PHD. My uncle did his Masters and Doctorate in Public Administration while working a full time job – it just so happened that they didn’t have very many vacations while the kids were growing up, but now they make up for it and then some.

  2. Michele permalink*
    March 8, 2011 2:17 pm

    I assumed that “licensed” was a code word for “subsidized”.

    Actually, this woman could start a daycare in her own home. She could take care of her children and make money by taking care of others.

    You’re correct about both fallacies. My father earned his BS while working full-time with three young children. As I know from personal experience, there is plenty of time for a job while working on a PhD. People do what they have to do.

  3. April 1, 2011 11:15 am

    One of the guys I work with is working on his PHD, he has a full time job and somehow got his bachelor’s and Masters Degree while having a full time job and being the sole provider for a family and is now working on his PHD. Maybe he is an alien…

  4. Nancy permalink
    April 10, 2011 11:52 pm

    There is no need to attack Ms. Smith for wanting the safety of her child to be ensured at a daycare. I’m sure many non-licensed facilities could provide everything one is looking for, but the information is not as readily available and reliable.

    Also, nobody said that her husband wasn’t working while earning his degree. Might the degree be a way to ensure a better future job to care for his family now that they have another small child?

  5. April 11, 2011 2:53 am

    We were not attacking her for wanting a good daycare we are attacking her for expecting other people to pay for it. When the husband gets his degree and gets a good job making a lot of money is he going to pay back the money other people had to fork over to put his kids through daycare? I’m going to go with a no. Well not just a no, but a not a chance in hell and he’d be insulted if you asked him to do it.

  6. Nancy permalink
    April 11, 2011 3:21 pm

    Well when I read the original article she was quoted in I didn’t get the idea that she wanted government funded childcare. It sounds more like she wants affordable childcare available for every family that needs it and that this should be overseen by the government. I just think this article is jumping to unfair conclusions.

  7. Michele permalink*
    April 11, 2011 7:16 pm

    Read the article again.

    The report being pushed is in favor of government investment in and regulation of daycare.

    Why should the government pay for childcare?

  8. April 12, 2011 5:07 am

    How do you get something cheaper? A company can lower their prices but there is only so much any company can lower prices without going out of business or you have the government subsidize it with taxpayer’s money. We could go with price controls but I think we all know that doesn’t end well. So yes she wants other people to pay for her childcare either through lower wages for the childcare workers or through taxpayer money. Even if the government is only overseeing this childcare you are still using other peoples money to do it. Now I do think there should be some reasonable government regulation on childcare but after that it is up to the parents to pay for their own children and if they cannot do that they shouldn’t have children. It’s personal responsibility. I know people aren’t always good at that but I refuse to lower my standards for the lowest common denominator.

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