Is Rick Right? Ctd

Another quote from Rick Santorum.

On keeping mothers at home:

“In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might find they don’t both need to. … What happened in America so that mothers and fathers who leave their children in the care of someone else — or worse yet, home alone after school between three and six in the afternoon — find themselves more affirmed by society? Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism.” (Santorum’s 2005 bookIt Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good)


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  • Andrei

    One of the whines from our    EEO Commissioner on the human rights commission is that women have little left from their saleries and wages after paying daycare for their children while they work.

    In our brave new world where men can marry other men and women marry other women the fundamental  task of raising the next generation is an expensive nuisance that interferes with getting on with the really  important things life apparently –  things like pursuing a career in the Department of Food safety issuing important press releases about the toxic effect of sugar in bread or for the less well educated packing cans of Pacific Mackerel into cartons at the Fish cannery

  • Apolonia

    In New Zealand the Government will pay anyone to look after children except the parents.How dumb is that?

    • Hagar

      Substitute the word “Government” with “other taxpayers”

  • MrV

    It’s somewhat of a coordination problem. If every family only sent one adult out into the workforce (either male or female, but traditionally male), then relative to other families everyone is roughly in the same situation.

    But as soon as one family sends its two adults into the workforce they have more monetary resources to buy things, bid on houses etc relative to the next family, and so eventually everyone wants this buying power too, so their second adult goes to work and we are back to square one.

    Although admittedly I do somewhat overlook the additional productivity the second person creates. However the counter is that some families have no adults in the workforce, thus a drag on societal productivity.

  • Vlad

    I think this is right.  I do acknowledge that 2 incomes are useful (or more) in difficult times.  But there are many objective studies that point up the positive outcomes from having a parent at home.  Unfortunately, like many gender/role issues, this has become a matter of dogma rather than logic.  Women who undertake full-time roles at home are dealt with insultingly in the current paradigm.  What, Nobel prize-winning brain surgery possibly excepted, could be more important?   

  • Anonymous

    Well, radical feminism is a bitch, and it is in my opinion the reason we have so many single mothers. Women think “they don’t need no man” and they end up on the DPB and are tied to Labour for the rest of their lives. Plenty of good single mothers out there though, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t take a PhD to realise the important of a father in a child’s life.

    As for Rick and contraception bollocks, well, who’s actually going to take such a stupid suggestion seriously? He’s not exactly shaking the image of a right wing-nut….

  • Kthxbai

    Dear Christ in Heaven, is this raising its reactionary head again?

    Consider the proportion of amoral and idle criminal scum brought up in homes where the mother – and often the father as well – are present at home all through the working week. If the presence of a parent at home is so wonderful, how does this happen?

    • Anonymous

      That’s a very good point, Kthxbai.
      Whether a mother stays at home or works – I don’t think there is a “right” or “wrong” answer to that. It simply depends on the circumstances of the family.