1/14/2011

Where is Parental Responsibility?

Posted by Brian
I may get hammered for this, but here goes.  This story really rubs me the wrong way.  When are adults going to be required to take responsibility for the own actions?  I, as much as the next person, don't want to see little kids go hungry.  But this government continues to enable people for the bad choices that they make. There are people who continue to have children who have little to no means of supporting them - except for government handouts.  Let's not beat around the bush about this - We have members of our communities who give no thought to bringing another child, or two, or three, or four, into this world because they know that government is going to come to the rescue.  Where are the extended families?  What about neighbors?  The reason that they don't use those resources is because, at some point, those friends and family will hold them accountable for their irresponsible behavior.  They are going to have to figure a way to make things work.  Ways which may take a considerable amount of effort in juggling bills, schedules, etc. At the same time they would be teaching their children life lessons about responsibility, self-sufficiency, handling money, and much more.  When the government steps in provides assistance, other lessons are learned: If you are irresponsible, don't worry the government will take care of you.  You can be dependent on the government instead of dependent on your own choices.  These types of government programs, even if they are done under the guise of "compassion" have created multi-generational families stuck in poverty.  These programs have nearly destroyed two to three generations of families in the African-American community in particular, though not exclusively, as there are white and Latino families that are heading down the same track.  There are youngsters today, because of these programs, who will end up in the same boat.  Like their parents and grandparents before them, they will be shuffled into a system that promises them lifelong poverty.
How compassionate is that?

USDA announces expanded child supper program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government is officially announcing on Friday an expanded program that should provide 140,000 to 150,000 children from low income families with supper meals, a senior Agriculture Department official said.


A federal program aiding such children, many with parents away from home until late in the evening, has been in operation in 13 states and the District of Columbia, but USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon told Reuters in an interview that "this afternoon the official announcement goes out that the program will be available in all 50 states."

The expansion, authorized in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 signed into law in December, "is likely to enroll about between 140,000 and 150,000 children nationally," said Concannon, who has responsibility for federal food and nutrition programs.  READ MORE HERE--->

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