President Obama is once more causing national division with his recent comments about stay-at-home moms. Conservative observers of the president are not surprised. Obama has a long history of spouting divisive comments when he is unplugged from his teleprompter. Remember the following gems?
- "It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
- "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
- "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that."
- "I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money."
Obama's quote that being a stay-at-home mom is an unwanted bad choice is as follows:
"Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. That's not a choice we want Americans to make."
If Obama stated this in error, the White House would have retracted the comment, but it has not. With Obama, politics trumps policy or results. Working moms are a key Democrat constituency. Stay-at-home moms vote Republican. So it makes sense that Obama wants more moms to put their children in daycare and work outside the home. It's just the latest strategy that is great for lining up Democrat voters but is bad for society and children.
Numerous studies show that children with stay-at-home moms are healthier with less sick days missing school. They do scholastically better at school. They are more emotionally stable with less anxiety and depression. Perhaps the most important benefit is they get 24-hour motherly love. You can't outsource that to a daycare.
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