Sunday, January 25, 2009

On Stingy, Child-Abusing Taxpayers

I love this tidbit from Charity Elison, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families, a nonprofit advocacy organization that has been studying W-2 and the Wisconsin Shares programs.

In a Milwaukee J-S article (see previous post) exploring Wisconsin Shares child-care scams, Elison defended the program, saying that "without child-care assistance, parents have been forced to leave their children in locked cars or in other unsafe situations."

Got that taxpayers! You are forcing parents to lock their children in cars. Shame on you!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry Denis, this has achieved "it's for the children status" so there is nothing you can say or do. Besides, you must hate children in order to even write this thread. Even if only one child was helped with that $340,000,000, don't you think that was enough? Think of all the economic development this stimulated!

Try saying something against education now. Just try. You have a place like Gateway "we have the lowest student to Vice President ratio of any institution on the planet" Technical College with HOW many admins making $100,000 plus per year, but say anything about cost and you'll hear "YOU are against education - what about the children?"

RUSD? They learned from the MPS playbook.

Mixter said...

"...without child-care assistance, parents have been forced to leave their children in locked cars or in other unsafe situations." Oh. My. God.

Without job-finding assistance, I have been forced to commit armed-robberies.

Give me a freakin' break...

Mixter

Anonymous said...

This is precisely what we hear down here in Racine, Mixter - generations of unemployed folks with no opportunities so they have to turn to crime. Then when someone gets shot it is because people like me didn't volunteer enough time at some community center or pay enough in taxes to support something or other.

Denis Navratil said...

How long will it take before "society made me do it" becomes a legitimate legal defense?

Caledonication said...

I think you've discovered where the slogan "We can!", comes into play.

Mixter said...

Sometimes I just hate people... And I'm a people person!

Mixter

Denis Navratil said...

Aaargghh! If these are jokes Caledon and Mixter, I don't get them. Please explain.

Mixter said...

I generally am a "people person," I love interacting with and caring about people, but people make me angry sometimes. The whole victim mentality irks me. To lamely excuse people for leaving their children locked up in a car because no one will provide them with assistance? There are no friends, family or neighbors available? They can't consider an exchange of services -- hey, if you watch my kid for a few hours I'll help you with your yard work? Give me a freakin' break...

When my daughter was a itty-bitty baby, we were POOR. My ex and I lived in Chicago -- he was making $8.50 an hour and I made $6.50 an hour. We had to take a bus and two trains to get our 6-week-old daughter to day care, which we paid for out-of-pocket, and then take a couple of buses and/or trains to work every day. Was it easy? No. Was it fun? Hell, no! Was it something we felt that we HAD to do? Yep. (Funny how I gone full-circle from being poor, to well-to-do and back to poor again... But, you'll not hear me bitch about "poor me." I'm either making phone calls, perusing the internets or knocking on doors to try to create an opportunity for myself, even when it's been somewhat humiliating. That's what you have to do. And, thankfully there are decent people in this area who are willing to lend a hand by providing information and advice without being asked for it. Who would want to do that for someone who is willing to work at it?)

It sounds so cliche, but it's also true: A hand up? Yes. Give people who truly need it a hand up. What they don't need are hand outs.

Mixter