At Pajamas Media two weeks ago, Debra Heine reported:
"President Barack Obama has engineered the largest expansion of social welfare programs in fifty years, and he's not finished yet. In addition to the explosion of programs providing free food, free healthcare, free phones, and free Internet service, the Obama administration has now decided to provide free diapers to low income families."
She then continued, writing:
"Congress has rejected two attempts to pass an unpopular measure to grant poor families government-subsidized diapers, but the Obama administration has decided to go around the legislative branch.
"Determined to give out even more freebies to government-dependent Americans, President Obama has allocated $10 million in taxpayer money to abolish what White House Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Muñoz calls a 'diaper disparity.'"
Ms. Heine concluded by saying:
"Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), one of the Democrat diaper crusaders behind the initiatives that got rejected by Congress, says that "no parents should have to choose between buying diapers for their child or buying groceries."
"In that case, they may as well put free baby wipes and baby powder on the table, too. And free strollers, cradles, and car seats. Because no one should have to choose between any of those items and groceries."
Meanwhile, at The Federalist a few days earlier, Ericka Andersen points out, "As usual, the Obama White House is jumping straight to the government diaper gap solution before promoting a multitude of other choice-based options available to low-income moms." Before describing five ways to solve the 'diaper gap,' she writes:
"It sounds nice when government says they want to take care of something for you. But it’s kind of like lending money to a family member. There’s always a catch.
"The latest buzz is about subsidizing diapers. I know a lot about those—I have a three-month-old. Those things aren’t cheap and you need a whole lot of them.
"But the Obama White House is jumping straight to the government solution before looking at a multitude of other options available to low-income moms. In fact, when I first heard about this new plan, I immediately started researching where I might be able to donate diapers on the regular. The thought of a woman having to change her baby’s diaper less because she couldn’t afford a new pack truly makes my heart ache."
In case you think this story originated in the fevered minds of some conservatives, Ms. Andersen pointed to a post by Cecilia Munoz at the White House blog with a summary that said:
"Many parents are struggling to afford diapers and making choices no one should have to make."
Munoz even urged readers to get involved by using #DiaperGap.
Channel 2, WKRN-TV, in Nashville took the liberal view, and reported on the helpfulness of 'Diaper Banks' to low-income families. On March 20, 2016, they published a story that said in part:
"Diapers. Every baby needs them but not all parents can afford them.
“They’re really expensive. There’s not enough that comes in boxes. I mean, you have to look, try to price every diaper that there is out, every different store,” said mother Satin Pearce.
“I was buying Target’s brand in the beginning but as your baby grows you learn you do need brands that hold up to what they say they can do,” said mother Allie Bruch.
"Dr. Megan Smith is the director of the New Haven MOMS Partnership. For two years she studied the diaper needs of mothers in New Haven. Her research shows some mothers spend close to $1,000 a year on diapers. The price on their health can be even higher."
The WKRN-TV story noted the New Haven Diaper Bank "serves 3000 children in Connecticut but they estimate the need is actually about 40-thousand children."
The New Republic was not to be outdone. Clio Chang used President Obama's keynote speech at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals to explain "Why Democrats Must Embrace a Universal Child Allowance." In his speech, President Obama discussed "a subject that doesn’t often enter the realm of public policy: diapers." According to the speech transcript, President Obama said (transcript at the Boston Globe):
"One of my favorite projects that’s just gotten started over the last several months is -- diapers are really expensive, and we’ve actually set up a system whereby through social media and the Internet, non-for-profits are able to make bulk purchases of diapers, save 25 percent on those, so that they can distribute them to low-income moms and families. And it’s a convergence of diaper makers and logistics companies and Internet companies. And we sort of convened the thing, but it’s not running through a government program."
In closing, let me quote from a March 15, 2016 column at American Thinker by Oleg Atbashian, until 1994 a resident of the USSR. His opening and closing paragraphs, from a column he entitled, "Why socialists need capitalists," were:
"Have you heard of the shocking and terrifying diaper gap that is now dividing this nation? It is said to be so dire that the White House is urging immediate government assistance to buy baby diapers. Philosophically, this puts disposable plastic consumer products in the category of inalienable rights guaranteed by the government: among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Diapers.
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"But judging by my Soviet experience, socialists are also in possession of a formula telling them when government-created "human rights" are due to expire -- which always happens as soon as they gain total control of any country.
"Any government powerful enough to give the people all that they want (e.g., free phones, Internet, or disposable diapers) is also powerful enough to take from the people all that they have."And that is no laughing matter."
In her Pajamas Media story, Ms. Heine explained that Congress "has twice nixed the scandalous idea" of providing diapers to poor families. However, the White House is bypassing Congress this time by spending $10 million to "test effective ways to get diapers to families in need and document the health improvements that result." Another example of the president using his pen and phone, I guess.
Growls readers concerned the White House is once again spending taxpayers money on something that is not in the Constitution, not to mention something that is a personal responsibility, are urged to write their member(s) of Congress. You can find contact information at the Library of Congress' Thomas website (use left-hand column). Here are Arlington County's members of Congress:
- Senator Mark Warner (D) - write to him or call (202) 224-2023
- Senator Tim Kaine (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-4024
- Representative Don Beyer (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376
Remember to ask for a written response, and tell them ACTA sent you.