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  •  I don't think anybody... (7+ / 0-)

    ...has kids to get the benefits.

    The benefits (as this Diary shows) are very small...

    ...unless you are upper-middle class. For people in higher tax brackets the tax deductability of kid-related stuff is huge. White-collar workers also have more time and skills to navigate The System to get benefits.

    •  They are small. But people are advocating (1+ / 0-)
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      a world where the government does indeed take care of your kids by hiring you to stay home and take care of them. Those kinds of policies would absolutely act to entice young people into having babies. More help (from where we are now) is probably a good thing. But there is such a thing as too much, as well.

      •  The replacements (0+ / 0-)

        are via immigration > why bring 'em up (expensive) when you can just let 'em in (cheap)

      •  When we get to the point of "too much" (1+ / 0-)
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        it will be a frickin' miracle. You have been watching too much FAUX and friends.

        American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

        by glitterscale on Sat May 18, 2013 at 01:05:52 PM PDT

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      •  Errrrm, no this does not happen, Dear (0+ / 0-)

        Most women on welfare (over 80%) were married before they were forced to seek assistance. Teen parenthood is far down the list for those needing support in this work.

        While kids are quite ignorant of the amount of energy and time needed to be a parent, believe me, most teens do not want that job. The only reason they believe that crap and want to be a parent is because society calls that work "doing nothing" when in fact it is a 24/7 endless job with no sick leave, vacation, or any pay.

        If this work were respected as any profession is, then kids would not want it any more than they would want to be a doctor or a secretary, or any other profession unless they believed it was the profession for them. Indeed, as they do with any profession they aspire to be or not be, they would either work their butts off to become that or they would run away from it ~ if they were taught respect for this work.

        But they are not, they are told this work is "doing nothing" so they think it is easy work.

        Raising kids and being a homemaker is no easy choice. It is estimated that this job entails being a nurse, a childcare worker, a chef, a tutor, a maid, a chauffeur, a gardener/pet sitter, a secretary/planner, and many other jobs. As a matter of fact labor statistics estimate that if paid what professionals are paid for this work a homemaker should make over $137,000 per year.

        Cat in Seattle

        First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they hurt you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi

        by mntleo2 on Sat May 18, 2013 at 02:56:20 PM PDT

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