Britain wants Parents to choose Work over Raising their Children

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 24th, 2013

Week in Review

Once upon a time children didn’t have much of a childhood.  In feudal Europe they were born on the land their parents worked.  And they worked the land, too, as soon as they were physically able.  There were no child-labor laws then.  The landowners’ children no doubt enjoyed their childhoods.  As they didn’t have to work.  The wealthy few enjoyed their lives.  While the masses labored away in physical labor.  With no chance of leaving the land they were born on.  For who your parents were determined your lot in life.  With no way to change that.

Until the British ushered in the modern world.  The rule of law.  Representative government.  The Industrial Revolution.  Laissez-faire capitalism.  Free trade.  The necessary things that allowed a middle class.  The chance of upward mobility.  And the nuclear family.  The working father.  The stay-at-home mother.  And children the parents dedicated their lives to raise.  Where children were wanted and loved.  And not just the pain in the ass they are today (see Parents ‘to be able reclaim up to £1,200 of childcare costs’ posted 3/19/2013 on BBC News UK Politics).

Britain has some of the highest childcare costs in the world, with many people with two or more children saying it does not make financial sense for both parents to work…

To be eligible for the new support both parents will have to work – or the one parent in the case of lone parent families – and each parent must be earning less than £150,000 a year.

In two-parent families where one parent does not work, families will not receive support – which is said to underline the government’s support for making work pay…

Mr Cameron said too many families were finding paying for childcare “tough” and were “often stopped from working the hours they’d like”…

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said he wanted to help “every family to get on in life”.

He said: “The rising cost of childcare is one of the biggest challenges parents face and it means many mums and dads simply can’t afford to work.

“This not only hurts them financially, but is bad for the economy too. This announcement of a £1bn investment in childcare will make sure it pays to work.”

Making work pay?  Working the hours they’d like?  Can’t afford to work?  What’s more important in Britain?  Family?  Or paying taxes?

Taxes are so out of hand that parents need childcare because they can’t get by on one income.  Like they did before.  But they can’t now.  Why?  What’s the big difference between now and then?  Taxes.  The government grows.  It gives away more stuff.  A college education.  Health care.  Pensions.  But that generosity costs money.  And with an aging population there is only one way to pay for this generosity.  Raising tax rates.  And adding new taxes.  Creating such a large tax burden it leaves people with less disposable income.

The tax bite grew so much that if you were middle class and wanted children it took two incomes.  Making children more of a nuisance than the pride and joy of parents they used to be.  So we become dumping children off at childcare.  Where they entered a cold, institutional childhood.  Instead of the warmth of a nurturing stay-at-home parent.  Is it any wonder why society has become more violent and crime ridden?  Children who see themselves as a burden.  Perhaps feeling unloved.  Or unable to feel empathy.  Perhaps even a little bit angry.  Put it all together and you get societal decay.  And a disincentive to having children.  Leading to an aging population.  Requiring further tax rate hikes.  And new taxes elsewhere.  Which makes it even more difficult to raise children.  So that additional government spending to address one problem only exasperated the problem they were trying to solve.  No.  To help families the state needs to reduce the tax burden.  Not increase it.  Which means they need to cut government spending.  Not increase it.

This would help families raise children.  Even allow a stay-at-home parent.  Which will allow children to grow up in a warm, nurturing family.  Not a cold, sterile, state childcare system.  Where parents will chose their children over having a second income.  Even if it means less tax revenue for the state.  However much that may displease the state.

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