While I can appreciate the Democratic calls for college education subsidized by the government and understand that many parents would rather spend time on their careers instead of raising their children – and that many have no choice in this matter, I have a question about “people like us”.
First, me. I went to college, but never really enjoyed it. In fact, after the sixth grade, I did not like school. I like to learn and to this day at the age of 64, I’m still reading, researching, learning, but school was not for me and college even less so. I’ve been working since I was 16 and for the most part, with a few exceptions, always enjoyed my jobs, none of which required a college diploma. I do have a college diploma but it’s a BA in History. Why History? It held my interest but I never, ever saw it as my ticket to a paycheck. I’ve been in sales, restaurants, been a truck driver, ran a small advertising agency, been a service dispatcher, and lately, a produce clerk at a food market; a job that I find to the the most enjoyable of any job I’ve ever had.
Instead of giving people like me “free college”, how about giving us better wages, wages that can support a family – or is it the contention by the party that only college grads with specific areas of study deserve a sustainable wage?
Next, my wife (and me). We had two children and never used any sort of child care with the exception of a baby sitter on the occasional weekend night out. We arranged our schedules so that even when my wife worked, I would be home. My wife works part time and for the first year of each child, she did not work at all. It was not easy and it meant agreeing to priorities that were different from many of our friends. No new furniture, no fancy vacations, hand-me-down clothes for the kids, and Disney World? Forgetaboutit.
Instead of free child care, how about giving us a bigger tax deduction if we choose to stay home and watch our own kids? Yes, this should be a choice and yes, it should apply to moms or dads, and of course, it should be limited to certain income levels, but if we are going to help those who want free child care, would fair ask for help for those choose to take a different route?