Budget impasse straining day care

Budget impasse straining day care

There are 40 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 11, 2009, titled Budget impasse straining day care. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Last week's stopgap budget may mean 77,000 state workers are again getting paid, but child care center directors across the region say the budget impasse has left them scrambling to stay open without the state subsidies they are due.

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Kundzicz

Milton, PA

#21 Aug 11, 2009
Another waste of my taxes. Why do I have to pay for someone else's kids?!! If you can't afford them then don't have them you parasites.
emjoy

Harrisburg, PA

#22 Aug 11, 2009
Kate wrote:
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I had to work...and I paid my child care...until you walk in other shoes, don't shoot off your mouth.
That's right, Kate! You're a taxpayer, too. Don't you wish you had the perfect life some of these posters think you have? I wish I did. My child's daycare was subsidized(paid in part) by his father's union while we were married. I paid it myself after the divorce and before the child support. We live modestly, but are not above requesting financial aid whenever appropriate and/or available. College will be a financial aid venture, too.
emjoy

Harrisburg, PA

#23 Aug 11, 2009
jsg wrote:
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AMEN!! I am SO sick of people whining about not being able to afford what they need for their kids. Here is a bright idea, THEN DON'T HAVE THEM. We only had one child because we knew we could give him what he needed and take care of him without ANY help from the government. Why in the HeLL should other people pay for your children. I don't know why I complain, it will never change. People just think they come into this world entitled!
Your child goes to public school? Isn't that funded by taxes?
Um no

Florham Park, NJ

#24 Aug 11, 2009
Kate wrote:
I had to work...and I paid my child care...until you walk in other shoes, don't shoot off your mouth.
Dear Kate,
Considering these are our tax dollars at work, we have every right to shoot off our mouths.

Your friend,
Taxpayers Everywhere
Allison

Bethlehem, PA

#25 Aug 11, 2009
There is a lot more to child care than most of the people making comments realize. These children are also getting a quality education (yes, education begins at birth). They are learning to be socially competent citizens. Our jails are full of people who did not learn how to be socially competent and we are paying for them now. The children are growing up with a good work ethic. At least the parents are working and not on welfare.
jsg

Allentown, PA

#26 Aug 11, 2009
emjoy wrote:
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Your child goes to public school? Isn't that funded by taxes?
MY child goes to private school wise ass. We had only one so we could afford to send him!
Cousin

Hazleton, PA

#27 Aug 11, 2009
Allison wrote:
There is a lot more to child care than most of the people making comments realize. These children are also getting a quality education (yes, education begins at birth). They are learning to be socially competent citizens. Our jails are full of people who did not learn how to be socially competent and we are paying for them now. The children are growing up with a good work ethic. At least the parents are working and not on welfare.
Why aren't you at work changing those diapers like in the picture?

Since: Mar 07

Allentown

#28 Aug 11, 2009
Well congratulations to all that don't need assistance. You have done well for yourselves. Not everybody is perfect out there in the world. Some people out there need assitance with certain things. I've got no problem with the people that legitimately need assistance. Helping other people out once in awhile is a good thing to do. Say they cut out this program, how much will that save you on your taxes? Will it be that massive windfall that you so desire?
Um no

Florham Park, NJ

#29 Aug 11, 2009
therookie300 wrote:
Well congratulations to all that don't need assistance. You have done well for yourselves. Not everybody is perfect out there in the world. Some people out there need assitance with certain things. I've got no problem with the people that legitimately need assistance. Helping other people out once in awhile is a good thing to do. Say they cut out this program, how much will that save you on your taxes? Will it be that massive windfall that you so desire?
You mock the very same people who are assisting you. Be grateful.
serfs

Palmerton, PA

#30 Aug 11, 2009
therookie300 wrote:
Well congratulations to all that don't need assistance. You have done well for yourselves. Not everybody is perfect out there in the world. Some people out there need assitance with certain things. I've got no problem with the people that legitimately need assistance. Helping other people out once in awhile is a good thing to do. Say they cut out this program, how much will that save you on your taxes? Will it be that massive windfall that you so desire?
If you want to help them, go ahead. Don't force me to. By the way, government programs aren't the only way to help people.
Wow

AOL

#31 Aug 11, 2009
spread the wealth wrote:
''It's a risk,'' said Carbon County Commissioner William J. O'Gurek,''but it would be a disaster to have working parents staying home from work because they can't pay for child care. That's a strain this economy does not need.''
working parents taking responsibility for their children? we can't have that, after all it's the responsibility of the taxpayer to care for these children. NOT!
O'Gurek is such a twit!!!

Since: Mar 07

Allentown

#32 Aug 11, 2009
Um no wrote:
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You mock the very same people who are assisting you. Be grateful.
No one is assisting me. I was just stating my opinion.
east penn tax payer

Macungie, PA

#33 Aug 11, 2009
does anyone look at the big picture here, this funding creates jobs, what part is confusing here, with out the funding jobs will be lost

the public needs to be outraged over the amount of money that the gov waste

i wonder why i have seen no cuts in gov spending, like take away all gov issued vehicles this should save at least a billion if not more
Alli

Bethlehem, PA

#34 Aug 11, 2009
Cousin wrote:
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Why aren't you at work changing those diapers like in the picture?
She is, this was her mother's comment.
True But

Bethlehem, PA

#35 Aug 11, 2009
Palmer wrote:
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Those with children in subsidized daycare are almost exclusively single mothers. So who supports them if they stay home to take care of their children? That's right, the taxpayers. Wouldn't you rather see them working, bettering themselves, and providing an example for their children, rather than staying home and living on government support?
Everything in this post is true but it also misses the point in every element. Some single mothers have acted responsibly by having a partner when they had the kid. Circumstances changed and they are alone. The others, I think a large majority, have become pregnant, often many times, with no spouse and a plan to have the government pay the majority of the costs for them and their children. Among them were teens who became pregnant and cut off their chance for success in life in exchange for the subsidies that come with the baby. The poster was mistaken if she/he thinks that the Mothers are all working. They are not. When we pay the money to fund this and the other welfare/family subsidy outlays we accept and create both situations. Well meaning programs have created the greatest welfare class and dependency in history. Teen Mothers and irresponsible mothers and fathers are the recipients and victims of this worsening situation. Day care subsidies are part of the package. The article didn't say it but welfare mothers and Social Security Disability recipients are eligible for the subsidies. They are making rational choices for themselves based upon public money being available as if it were earned. It's up to the payers to rectify these social ills. And not with more money. The budget shortfalls will have a silver lining if they make us deal with these mistakes, now.
Nice Thoughts

Bethlehem, PA

#36 Aug 11, 2009
Allison wrote:
There is a lot more to child care than most of the people making comments realize. These children are also getting a quality education (yes, education begins at birth). They are learning to be socially competent citizens. Our jails are full of people who did not learn how to be socially competent and we are paying for them now. The children are growing up with a good work ethic. At least the parents are working and not on welfare.
Nice thoughts, Allison. If only they were true. We're talking here about someone else paying the bill. Also many Mothers are not working. Day care may be good. Dependency, confiscating others money for our own needs, something for nothing, are also the lessons of the subsidy. The children are just in line to be the next generation of freeloaders. Self reliance is the only thing we should depend on. Not someone else pays for me.
Total GOP stupidity

Bethlehem, PA

#37 Aug 11, 2009
Richley and the rest of the Republican "Just Say NO" mob never think about the damage their refusal to come to a compromise does to people trying to make it better for their kids.
Its About Kids

Bethlehem, PA

#38 Aug 11, 2009
Allison, who evidently knows something about professional childcare, makes a point that others would like to ignore in order to press a political agenda.

Childcare is about the kids. It is not about the mothers or fathers, not about the family life-style, not about how previous generations think they lifted themselves up by their bootstraps, not about immigration policy. It IS about kids---about how to get them off to a decent start in life so as to avoid heartache, harm and expense later on.

If you have arguments to make about all those other concerns, then make them in the forums where they are the focus. But don't castigate the children for what you see are social malidies. And don't hold them as pawns in some political game of chicken.

And as for the complete idiot who said the answer is not to have kids in the first place---what corrective measures would you be advocating now that these children are here? Perhaps a King Herod sort of solution would please you; and we could put them all to the sword so as not to offend or threaten you..
smokey

Pen Argyl, PA

#40 Aug 21, 2009
and besides, we all pay for other peoples children to get an education. i have been paying for tom, dicks, and harrys kids to go to school since i got my first job. i even had to pay for public schooling when i was sending my stepdaughter to catholic school. now where is the sense of that huh?
Casual Observer

Allentown, PA

#41 Aug 24, 2009
i'm a dlck.

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