President Obama is further pushing his expanse of government with the need for state-run (aka taxpayer-spending) pre-school. In a recent speech in Rhode Island, the President not only pushed his agenda but managed to criticize the choice of stay-at-home mothers (and fathers).
“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,” he said. “That’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”
Wait a minute–I thought liberals were all about “choice”?
Perhaps, the President was making the case that parents who can’t afford child-care are forced economically to stay-at-home. I get that. We all make choices in how we raise our kids. But he didn’t actually say those words. He implied that being a stay-at-home mother is a negative thing because it leads to lower earnings later in life. That’s a broad statement to make without actual statistical facts.
Here is a fact, Mr. President. Many of us (both mothers and fathers) choose to stay-at-home with our kids because there is no financial reward that could possibly outweigh the privilege of raising our children. It’s a choice many Americans make every day. Sometimes it’s a sacrifice and many times it is difficult but it’s our choice. It’s not your choice, Mr. President. And we certainly don’t need to be shamed or criticized for it.
Watch the video clip here: