In the spirit of Jonathon Swift (A Modest Proposal)

Because so many Americans are firmly set against more advanced policies to educate, vaccinate, cloth, and feed our youngest citizens, a more agreeable approach to these important issues insuring equality and fairness among babies and three year olds might just be to reset the bar of achievement to the lowest common denominator (rather than the current mediocre middling bar we have been losing support for these past twenty years).

Lowering standards would solve many ongoing sticky problems and make life much less argumentative within our political system, allowing legislators to concentrate on the important matters of state like war and defense (which have always captured the hearts and minds of our media and citizens).

By most estimates, cutting a 40% share of education, health, and welfare of children might add as much as two or three percent to our underfunded navy, air force, army, and marines.

The military could afford new stealth air craft, or even another fine aircraft carrier for it to land on.

The possibilities are exciting.

Here are sound ideas for arriving at a national consensus  and achieving the new and necessary military might that America needs;

1)       By simply lowering the wages of day care workers (already the lowest paid people in the nation next to food service employees) we could be manufacturing more bullets/rockets and other costly war necessities.  This would improve our reputation and status around the world.

2)      By providing less training and resources to child protection workers, we might fund some small percentage of our next invasion of a mid-east nation.  The added cost to a growing prison system would be minor (and for profit prisons are becoming real growth engines for our economy – like the military).

3)      The elimination of crisis nursery centers would be a blip on the problems faced by poor people in troubled neighborhoods at this time in our society (they have other things to worry about, like minimum wage jobs and insuring their children).  These dollars can go to the national guard to control the riots that will eventually engulf our nation.

4)      By using Texas standards and textbooks in our schools, eliminating “higher order thinking”, sex education, all pre-school and kindergarten programs, and of course all federal education funding, the American military could afford another two or three percent growth in its annual budget.

5)      Replacing national mental health initiatives with Texas recent “corporal punishment” (recent only in education, as Texas has generally ignored federal mandates and executed juveniles and the *mentally challenged), the savings would be immense.   For those who don’t respond well to prison the obvious answer is enforced psychotropic medication.  Currently, only 25% of America’s youth are charged as adults in the justice system.  Juvenile justices is far more costly than the criminal justice system (the savings incurred by charging 50 or 80 percent more youth in the criminal justice system would be fantastic).  *66% of youth in our juvenile justice system suffer from mental health problems/fully half that number suffer from multiple, chronic, and severe mental illness.

Some argue that these measures are harsh and unfair, but I assure you that it would be a more equitable system than we now have today, as school performance, incarceration & crime, infant mortality, child health, child death, teen and preteen pregnancy, STD’s, child abuse and child abuse deaths are all presently skewed about 90 – 10 and 80 -20 respectively, when measured against income and race (the poor or “leeches as referred to in the last election / &  the job creators and Caucasian people / People of Color).

President Obama’s State Of The Union call for high quality preschool is doomed to failure, just as are initiatives for crisis nurseries, day long kindergarten, paying daycare workers a living wage or requiring standards for daycare workers, the wholesale vaccination or prenatal caring for America’s babies.

My suggestions will put an end to educators being blamed for failed schools, social workers for babies found in dumpsters, and stopping the charges against police for being responsible for those terrible people in the squad cars.  This really is a win win for all of us.

Just yesterday a tea party fellow I know (RW) was telling me about the wisdom in former MN Governor Tim Pawlenty’s words, “children that are victims of failed personal responsibility are not my problem, nor are they the problem of the state of Minnesota”.  Solid Christians both of them, so they must be right.  Although I’m still having trouble finding the religion that abandons children.

So, let’s all jump on the Texas bandwagon of lowering standards for America’s children (after all, many have already; Texas is not that different from Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, New Mexico, Florida, Alaska, West Virginia, Indiana, and s few other states at the bottom of the child well-being barrel).

Let your legislators know that taking care of America’s children is just a terrific waste of time and money, that could be better spent dominating the world with bigger armies, and more wars.

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  1. With the absolute hope that this is nothing more than political satire and irony, I support the efforts to expose the levels of both injustice and discrimination rampant within this country at the political level. While this is a rather odd way to make a point, I hope that this effort will get people to start thinking about the reality that our children are our future. As a licensed clinical psychologist I am very concerned about the failure of education in this country. I am also alarmed at the abuse of power and authority sanctioned by the US Patriot Act which increased the power and authority of law enforcement and protected them with a veil of secrecy. High risk kids are now viewed as “job security” by all branches of law enforcement. Within school settings high risk kids are viewed with hatred and disdain and are labeled as lost causes and bad kids on a daily basis around this country, and are viewed as a threat to the job security of school officials and teachers.

    As professionals who care we must work together to reverse these perceptions and to protect our children, especially those who are living at or below the poverty level. I have an entire System of Opportunity and Outreach that addresses these issues. Because I have returned to Mobile, Alabama all of my efforts here are being blocked by a number of agencies, institutions, and organizations because I am both an activist and an advocate for the low income kids I serve primarily through Medicaid. These very powerful groups have the ability to block my efforts rather than join forces with me given their lack of insight and understanding relative to the complicating factors low income kids and families face. We need to fix this NOW, and give kids the opportunities, understanding, and support they need to succeed in life. If we fail to act now we are going to keep filling up our prisons and reducing our educated workforce in the future. The current efforts are going to work against ALL of us in now and into the future.

    David L. Roberts, BA, MS, MS, Ph.D.

  2. Excellent article, although it doesn’t tell us why Americans hate children.

    Nevertheless, I am pleased and encouraged to finally find some professionals attempting to deal with *prevention* of abuse of children. For years I have been asking what can be done and the only responses I received dealt with the punishment of pedophiles and sales pitches for “tell all” books of an individual’s personal history of abuse.

    As soon as I have time I’m going to explore your site and publicise its existence. Bravo.

    Perhaps one day we’ll find out why Americans (and adults of most countries) hate children. Even better, of course, would be the elimination of such hatred.

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