My idea for part of the stimulus package....

@newtondak (3950)
United States
January 28, 2009 10:21am CST
Why not subsidize in some way the families who wish to have one parent stay home to raise the children? Of course, it would have to be enough to offset the income of the parent staying home, and not just a token tax credit, but if one person in each of these families were taken out of the work force - there would be jobs open for those families who don't have any job!
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• United States
28 Jan 09
They would not have to be just parents. It could be couples. One goes off to work and the other stays home and homesteads...has a garden, cans vegetables, cuts coupons,etc. I like that idea.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Why is it that our government never things of or does anything like this to enforce support for the family nucleus - to promote one parent staying home to raise the children?
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• United States
28 Jan 09
I don't know, but it is a great idea. One parent would be able to stay home with their children and raise them. We need that.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I totally agree and think that we wouldn't have near as many problems with young people getting into trouble if there was a parent at home.
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Being that I'm one of those moms... I'd love that idea;) Then again, I would already by happy to have those years that I'm raising my children be counted towards my social security. The downside of that is that daycare providers would be out of a job...
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
28 Jan 09
The lack of Social Security for women who choose to stay home has always been a problem - my mother was a farm wife and although she contributed in many ways, including farm work, all the SS that was paid in went towards my Dad and none for her. I believe this is probably why they made it so the wife could draw from the husband's benefits.
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• United States
28 Jan 09
That is a very interesting idea. It could be pretty expensive, but so is every other proposal. I think it could actually work. I would be worried that people would try to take advantage of it though.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
28 Jan 09
We pay out welfare and food stamps to those who choose to take advantage of them - and yes, there is fraud and abuse there because there is not appropriate oversight. with proper screening and oversight - legislation written with safeguards, it would work.
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Its defintly going to take more then sending out small checks to everyone....thats like trying to put a bandaid on a dam lol People are happy to get stimulus checks but they really arent big enough to make the kind of difference that we need....and you would think that they would know this after trying this before already lol and I think that I have cobwebs in the brain,,,,they dont seem to learn from their mistakes...do they?
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Just think if they had divided those billions of bailout dollars between all the families that want one parent to stay home with the children - it would free up one job for each family that participated and the only industry that might suffer would be daycare centers!
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@irishidid (8570)
• United States
28 Jan 09
There was always be a need for day care. Between the parents who choose to have children without a partner and as long as bad child support laws exist.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Child support is definitely an area that needs reform as well as more oversight over those receiving instead of all the emphasis being on those ordered to pay.
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@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
20 Feb 09
Although being Frugal is almost like bringing in an extra - if small paycheck - I love this idea! I want to stay home with my child and any future children. Even if I didn't I couldn't afford not to. Any job I get in NM would barely be enough to cover child care (a place we can trust), taxes, transportation etc. It wouldn't make it worth it not to be raising our son more fully. I will soon be licensed in Massage Therapy and want to work in an Oncology Department working with Cancer patients doing Manual Lymph Drainage and Gentle Scar Movement - but even that takes money. I finished school just as I conceived (first time trying) and good thing too because I would never have the same high GPA learning the body from the cellular level up as we did being pregnant - my mind was mush. Then there was colic. Then it had been so long since school I need to buy study materials for the National Certification test and the licensing takes money after I pass. The test is about 300 I think. Then insurance, dues to the organization and continueing education which I need to get each year. I would love to be subsidized for what is genuinely work! Taking care and raising my child etc. Don't think it will happen!
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Thank you for the honor of the best response in your discussion!