Thursday, February 10, 2011


From Maryland (via Daily Kos)
Women are reacting with outrage over the comments made by two Frederick County commissioners Tuesday advising Head Start mothers to stay married and not hold jobs outside the home.

Commissioners Kirby Delauter (R) and C. Paul Smith (R) said during a meeting that the best way to help their children succeed in life is to stay married and stay home with their children. Both men touted their wives and the sacrifices they made by not holding jobs outside the home.
On Tuesday, commissioners voted 4-1 to pull $2.3 million in county funding from the Head Start program as of March 1.
"As many of you know, I had a lot of kids and my wife stayed home at a significant sacrifice in those early years, because she knew she had to be with those kids," said Smith, who is the parent of 12 children. "I know everybody isn't able to survive doing that, but clearly if we can strengthen marriage, we can decrease the number of children we have to reach."

Smith, an attorney, said his comments were fitting since the board had just issued a proclamation earlier that morning supporting the institution of marriage.

"I think it is very significant that we did make this Marriage Week announcement today because that is the best long-term way to help our children," he said.
"I'd just like to say that I have four kids that graduated from Frederick County Public Schools," he said. "My wife is college educated and could go out and get a very good job. She gave that up for 18 years, so she could stay home with our kids and we gave up a lot to do that. I agree with Commissioner Smith. The marriage thing is very important."

Delauter told the parents that they should not rely on the government to educate their kids.

"I never relied on anyone else to guarantee the education of my kids," he said. "My wife and I are the ultimate decision makers on the education of our kids."
"He asked me my opinion, and I said that part of the deterioration of our country is the government raising our kids," said Young, who referred to "latch-key kids" who are forced to be home alone while their parents work. "Then there are those parents that don't take responsibility for their kids."

Gray, who was unable to be interviewed on radio, said he thinks Delauter and Smith have no idea how some families struggle to live.

"I think they failed to understand how other people live," Gray said. "One [Delauter] owns a construction company and the other guy [Smith] is a lawyer. I guess they had the means to do it [marry women would could stay home]. There are a lot of people that can't."
That pretty much sums it up. I'm sure their lectures on the value of stay-at-home moms will more than make up for the $2.3 million they're cutting from Head Start. Truly disgusting.


Blogger Shawn said...

I was kind of strangely relishing the thought of all of these new waves of Tea Party candidates making outlandish statements and their subsequent demolition by Messrs. Stewart, Colbert, and Combs. I am quickly realizing that this stuff is going to go well beyond "amusing" and delve much more frequently into the depressing, infuriating and nauseating.

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