I want to try an experiment. My experiment involves a demographic of couples between the ages of 18-25 who make less than $35,000 a year, rent their home, and essentially live day to day on the fringe of their earnings. The couples are to answer a series of questions involving the adoption of a new state of the art robot, let’s call him Max. Now stay with me here because the whole point of this experiment will come out at the end. Okay, so Max is a sophisticated robot with a lot of needs. He needs his batteries changed every now and then, and they can be expensive, not to mention messy at times because well acid tends to run out of them. Max also tends to be loud and obnoxious, at all hours of the night. Max needs to be charged now and then, but not through a plug in the wall. He is environmentally friendly and creates electricity through a chemical process, of which you need to mix and feed him. I should mention Max does like to regurgitate his chemical goodness now and then. I cannot forget about the high maintenance that comes with Max, he is very needy. As for costs, well his batteries will add up to about $100 a month, chemical feed maybe $150-200 a month. You also need to cloth the little guy, he hates to be naked, so add another $100 for that. I am sure you have good insurance, so doctor visits for Max should be a breeze. You do have good insurance right?
So the questions are mainly regarding how each couple would adopt and take care of the little bundle of circuits named Max. Would they be able to deal with his behavior? Could they stand changing his batteries and feeding him chemicals? And of course, would they be able to afford to keep Max a strong little robot as he grows up? Jumping ahead I am certain that most, if not all, of these young struggling couples would think this experiment was downright crazy. Why would they ever want to take on such a huge responsibility? Plus, even if they wanted the presence of Max in their lives, they could never afford to keep him going. But therein lies the problem, because these are the exact same demographic of people that are having children. If you think Max is a handful, try having a child!
There was a time in this country where having a child was a huge responsibility. Many would say it still is and that nothing has changed, but I concur. You see the establishment of social programs has ballooned into a full-fledged welfare state. Every aspect of the “huge responsibility” of raising a child is subsidized by a social program, which of course is supported by the middle class families that coincidentally aren’t having children. Living in a small town I see it every day, young couples in their 20s that scrape to get by are having children left and right. The first thing that comes to my mind is how are these two individuals going to raise a child? But then it dawns on me, the child will simply be a product of a bunch of “entitlement programs”. The parents will have the child signed up well before it is even born. The mothers doctor visits will be handled by Medicaid, as will all future visits with the child. Food will be taken care of by the EBT and WIC programs. Heat and electricity will be handled by the HEAP program. Rent will be paid by the Section 8 program. And of course the parents will get some spending cash from the welfare benefit program. I am sure I missed some social programs in the mix. Bottom line is, the parents will not know the huge responsibility of raising a child because it will be masked by the social programs they are on. Something I also see quite often is the influence of the grandparents in helping to raise the child, which I am not sure is a good thing considering how their own child was raised to not be responsible for their own actions.
We have a problem in this country, well we have many, but the for sake of this post, the problem is that the wrong people are having kids. There is a big shift in the social class in this country. You may be against the philosophy of a cast system, but we have one and there is no other way of approaching it. We have rich, we have middle class, and we have poor. Of course it isn’t as simple as that, but the for sake of argument, it works. The poor are having more children than the middle class and the rich combined. I am not sure of the statistic, but I am sure it by a large factor. Many will say it is because there are more poor families, therefore they have more kids. But that seems to be the answer to the problem altogether. The poor keep having kids because the middle class and the rich support them. If it were the other way around, the poor would not be having kids simply because they would not be able to raise them. Then in turn, the middle class would embrace having more kids because the cost would be less. You see social programs drive the cost of everything up, not just taxes, but food, medical costs, energy, and so on. Baby formula and diapers would be a lot less if manufacturers of said products knew that the money going toward them was from individuals that worked to support their family. But since most of these products are paid for by social programs, the manufacturers can get away with increased prices. Same goes with medical costs, the health insurance industry is not stupid. Bottom line is, year after the year the number of poor increases while the middle class and rich are in decline. A young couple that are the product of two middle class families has now joined the poor class because they were irresponsible and decided to have a child, which is now a product of government programs.
As a Libertarian I do not support any form of government benefit programs. I would like to see them all abolished immediately. In turn, the health insurance industry also needs to be revamped, or to put it in simpler terms, the government needs to get out of health insurance altogether. But what of the poor starving children? Hogwash! We live in the most technological and advanced country on this planet. We need to go back to the community and the churches helping out the poor. Of course over a temporary period of time, because people need to get on their two feet and support their family on their own. A young couple that decides to have a child when they are not ready will have to face the consequences of their actions. If they need support, plenty is available, but not from the government. If the man needs to work 80 hours a week to make ends meet, so be it, he is the one who chose to have a child. It is time for people to take responsibility for their own actions and not others floating the bill.