Of course it's a choice. The whole thread is predicated on the fact that it is a choice we do not want people to make. Do you think reiterating the fact that it's a choice accomplishes anything other than mental masturbation?Either way, it is not a penalty. It is a choice. She could abort the child but chooses not to so she or he has to deal with the consequences of her choice.
Tucker Case - Tard magnet.
Regardless of what has been said in this thread, my personal views are the very policies of government have created more poverty because they weaken the institution of marriage. Marriage is our number one defense against poverty. When the government provides so many programs and benefits for single mothers it takes away the personal responsibility (male and female) and adds to the number of out of wedlock births. They also add to the increase in divorces as the safety net has become so large that when couples run into difficulties, one just walks away leaving the parent with the children struggling financially and often seeking government assistance. If the safety net wasn't so large, more couples would strive to stay together at least till their children were raised. Also for those struggling to find a job, that too is the direct result of government policies that have thwarted economic growth. From over-regulations to healthcare. Adding pre-k classes to public schooling is just another way of providing free daycare and the result will be an increase in out of wedlock births and divorces. More fatherless homes that seem to produce troubled youth. Anyone who reads/watches the news knows that is the last thing society needs more of.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
And I agree with what you said about marriage being the number one defense against poverty. Well, marriage and education anyway.
As for pre school, it has been shown that children of poverty are more likely to succeed in school if they do have a pre school experience. Children of educated parents may not benefit, but still, the choice needs to be with the parents.
Would such a program for small children result in more out of wedlock births, more divorces? On that, I'm not sure.
Even with the government safety net in place, being a single parent is no picnic. I can't imagine having had to raise my two alone. I am familiar with two women who have had that task, my daughter and my sister. The one was due to a rat who left her with two little kids, the other due to the death of a spouse at an early age. Neither one chose single parenthood.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields
there are women out there that would rather be a stay at home mom instead of a mom and a worker.
obama's speech should be considered offensive to women and those women that choose to dedicate themselves to their families as it is also a noble goal.
i don't see why you think a women that wants to take care of her family is a bad thing. has the liberal corruption spread this far? i would certain hope not.
Government programs did not cause the problems of unwed mothers. Unwed mothers led to us needing the programs more and more because societal changes in what people are taught at home caused the issues. Part of it is the fact that we look for love instead of stability and a stable reliable person when it comes to a mate and are taught this more than actually being taught what a good, positive intimate relationship is about. It all starts in what people are taught at home and by others if the home just isn't enough. Many unwed mothers are searching for someone that they can be with, to be a good father or parent for their children, and ways to better themselves, to make their career opportunities better, so they can care for their children rather than rely on the government assistance. No, it may not be all unwed mothers, but it still is many.
So you want to get people off of those programs, work on programs that give a hand up rather than a hand out, including job training that is accepted by work places that pay more than minimum wage or just barely above because parents cannot raise children on minimum wage. And when it comes to those on assistance programs, we should be working on setting up job share situations where if a mother/father is not working full time or going to school full time, then they should be first looking for a full time job or schooling or they need to be helping to take care of other people's children or helping them run errands or with rides to work or school in order to help take some of that societal burden away. And they need to get classes on relationships, budgeting, and other "life skills" classes. In fact, we should have these in high school. And these should include definitely a class on healthy, intimate, committed relationships.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.