I visited the campaign web site for Joe Kennedy and found this:
The struggle to find reliable, high-quality, and affordable child care is one of the most profound economic justice issues of our time. …parents need the security of knowing their children are getting the education they need, while having the freedom to structure their careers…….access to high-quality, affordable child care and early education should be a right for every American family …… He supports a massive federal investment to create a network of early education and child care options, from local child care centers to preschools to in-home care.
I don’t mean to single out Joe with this, as this seems to be the message from most Democrats running for office.
Can anyone tell me how we get to “high quality affordable child care”? Specifically, how much do we pay those employed in child care? Where does this money come from? If a two parent family wants both parents to have high paying quality jobs and in order to do so, must pay someone else a high wage to attend to the quality job of taking care of their child, what mathematical formula works?
Can anyone tell me how we can jump to the assumption that everyone wants to structure their career? I’ll be upfront with you all I’m 65 years old and will be retiring in couple months. I started working when I was 15. In those 50 years, I’ve worked at a dairy farm, apple orchard, pet shop, gas station, tennis club, department store, furniture warehouse, men’s clothing store, restaurant, car dealership, advertising agency, boat dealership, forklift dealership, food delivery truck, and grocery store. Somehow I’ve managed to earn a living, support myself and my family, and provide for my retirement, all without the hint of a “career”. Many of the jobs I took were chosen because they did not conflict with what was most important in my life: being a good parent. Screw the career, my family comes first.
Why must I, and those like me, have to pay into a system to support those who would rather put their careers first and outsource the care of their children? What’s in this “massive federal investment” for people like me?
W already have high quality child care in the USA. We call it “parenting”. May I suggest that along with this massive federal investment for child care, we have a massive federal tax credit for those of us who would prefer to be a parent, are not focused on our careers, and want to have the freedom to structure our lives as we see fit?
Add that to the equation and maybe the alchemy will work. (and yes, ultimately we will have to tax the rich to pay for it all…..I’m okay with that)