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DSHS: You're Too Stoopid To Raise The State's Kids

Gerald L. Rowles, Ph.D.
March 4, 2002
"The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivalry of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in fine, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise." - Mark Twain "Official Physic," reprinted in The Twainian, 11/1943

The history of the family as the foundation of American culture is about to end, and the reign of the Village as presumptive parent is all but fait accompli.

This bit of social evolution has been gnawing away at the culture since about the time of Twain's commentary on Governmental power. While legions of nitwits and victim pimps deliver mighty soliloquies on the righteousness of reparations for slavery, few are so guileless as to address the contemporary, reprehensible decimation of the black family through federal and state "social service" interventions. Slave owners and slave sellers may have callously severed family bonds, but contemporary State "welfare" provisions blatantly bribed black families to destroy themselves. Black mothers were paid to have more children, as long as they kept the men/fathers out of the home, and both complied.

So-called "no-fault" divorce provisions of the seventies, coupled with "dads are deadbeats" legislation invited white families to follow the well-worn path of the black family. While the nitwits and victim pimps were decrying the wage disparities for women and the oppression of sexual harassment, the reprehensible decimation of the white family was being engineered through the Divorce Industry. White mothers were promised a.) custody of the children and b.) enforced money redistribution from men who found themselves wannabe-but-ejected fathers. And the courts delivered.

Simultaneously, the gender-feminihilists were busy attacking the patriarchal family, and degrading the role of at-home mother to that of the slothful dependent, while demanding more out-of-home childcare by strangers. On another front, the Village people began a systematic campaign to convince the general public that child abuse had become epidemic. And where were these children? In "families" of course.

Never mind that the definition of "family" has metastasized into one or more children living with some person or persons, gender indeterminate, but old enough to have conceived, or in-vitro'd or adopted or step-somethinged them.

Now, a State and State School have conjured up the final machination in the Village takeover, and it's a flat-out doozie.

The Seattle Times reports that the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services sponsored a study by the University of Washington's Human Services Policy Center looking at the characteristics of "informal care-providers". Nowhere in the Times article is the point made that this cozy little arrangement of study-funding and study-conducting has all the propriety of an Enron financial arrangement - akin to loans listed as income, on a separate set of books.

But here are the nauseating, key revelations of this bit of symbiotic science:
  1. "Almost half of Washington children from infants to age 12 nearly a half-million total are regularly in the care of extended family, friends or neighbors ..."
  2. " A majority of those informal care providers nearly 300,000 people who are unregulated by the state have no specific training in child-care, child-development or parenting skills and tend to be less affluent and educated than the state's general population ..." (GASP!)
  3. "There are about 1 million children age 12 and under in Washington. Of those, according to the study, 483,000 are regularly in unlicensed, informal care, while 272,000 are in licensed child-care centers and 135,000 are in licensed family child-care homes."
  4. "Some experts say licensed day-care centers generally provide higher-quality care than do informal care providers. A Johns Hopkins University study of day-care arrangements for low-income preschoolers in three cities rated 88 percent of the unregulated home-care settings as inadequate or minimal. The homes lacked books and appropriate toys, and caregivers sometimes used inappropriate discipline." (ABUSED! NEGLECTED!)
So, there you have it. Ordinary people raising ordinary kids are too stoopid to meet State standards for child care. "The homes lacked books [like what, Debbie has two mommies?] and appropriate toys [they probably had GI Joes, and the dreaded dodge ball], and caregivers sometimes used inappropriate discipline [like a measured palm across a tantrum's butt?]."

Never mind that half a million kids are not being exposed to the sub-standard care of "formal [that means pay-a-lot-for-the-service] child-care centers" where the child to "attendant" ratio is 5:1 as compared with a nearly 1:1 ratio with those "informal" arrangements. And never mind that a number of well-designed, non-PC studies have demonstrated that in "formal" daycare centers, a significant number of children are insecurely attached and experiencing behavior problems.

Here's the real rub: "The state has an interest because it subsidizes licensed and unlicensed child care for thousands of low-income working parents. About one-third use their state vouchers to pay extended family members, friends or neighbors for child care." Fact is, whenever Federal or State funds or subsidies are involved, there are always strings attached. And those strings are tougher than mother's apron strings ever were.

First of all, the State regards subsidized-care children as its wards because it has a fiduciary interest. Second, the State does not differentiate between licensed and unlicensed subsidies, except with the degree to which it has control over the unlicensed arrangements for subsidies rendered.

So, how do you reach out and take that control if you are the State? Well, it's pretty simple. You just contract with a State-controlled institution to conduct a study that reaches out and touches a substantial number of those unlicensed folks that need or want that $ubsidy. And what do you find? Well, first you find that lo and behold, informal child care providers (extended family) don't follow guidelines that State-licensed facilities must. Then, even more surprising, "About two-thirds of informal [subsidy-dependent] care providers say they would welcome support and training .... Those caregivers are primarily grandparents (36 percent) and other relatives (22 percent)."

"To create man was a quaint and original idea, but to add the sheep was tautology."
- Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903

Well, the wheels are in motion, and well greased with Taxpayer monies. It's just a matter of time before the State has assimilated direct parental control of more than 75% of its children.

Let's see, is there a repetitive, familiar pattern here? You bet'cha. It's called "follow the money," or "the Village payoff," and its been metastasizing like a cancer on the American family for sixty years.

One small initiative may become an impediment to the wholesale State takeover of families. That is the Bush plan to encourage marriage in the welfare sector ... a direct confrontation with the first cause in the 60-year cascade of family breakdown; father-absence.

"The government is not best which secures mere life and property--there is a more valuable thing--manhood."
- Mark Twain's Notebook
Restoring manhood and fatherhood are the keys to restoring family and individuality. Maybe we're not all as stoopid, and greedy for redistributed money, as the State would like to believe. Maybe men, and women, will respond to the administration's invitation to restore the family. And just maybe, the cascade of family destruction can be reversed.

Maybe - that's one of those words that describes the space between potential and catastrophe.

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