California is on the leading edge of socialism AGAIN. What is important or sad I guess, is that if it is started in California, then everybody else who wants to be labeled a liberal will try to do it in his or her state? California wants to be the first state in the nation with a program to subsidize diaper costs for California families!
AB 1516 introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego. The bill would authorize $80 a month for families on welfare for each child they have under the age of two. With 23,500 children qualifying the bills sponsors estimate a total of $119 million a year. (When has a welfare program EVER not exceeded its estimated costs). Covering diaper costs would help families get off welfare because they would not have to come up with the diapers needed for health care facilities. If you cannot afford diapers the people might decide to stay home with their children, instead of going to the day care center where they require you to drop off diapers each day to cover you child’s normal habits.
From Women’s E-News:
An adequate supply of disposable diapers costs hundreds–even thousands–of dollars a year, a cost that is simply too high for millions of low-income parents across the country. This is especially true for single mothers, who are most likely to be in extreme poverty. To afford diapers, 1-in-3 mothers–a disproportionate number of whom are African American and Latino–have had to cut back on basic necessities like food, heat, electricity and even child care, according to study commissioned this year by Huggies diapers. Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/do-we-need-a-diaper-subsidy.html#ixzz3AD9vHk2q. Is there any chance that this one study might be somewhat biased because it was funded by the largest maker of disposable diapers in the nation?
The rationale for this idea is right out of the welfare-state handbook: low-income parents cannot take advantage of free or subsidized child care if they cannot afford to leave disposable diapers with their child at care facilities.
This is nothing more than an increase in welfare payments to welfare recipients, without actually identifying it as an increase. California taxpayers would be livid if Democratic lawmakers were honest about increasing welfare payments.
California welfare recipients, receive the most generous “benefits” in the nation. In 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported $69 million from 2007 to 2010 in California welfare money, “meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on cruise ships sailing from Miami.” http://watchdogwire.com/california/2014/08/11/new-ca-diaper-subsidy-is-really-a-raise-for-welfare-recipients/
Gonzalez idea is that it is the diapers that are preventing poor people from getting jobs. Now it is the classic liberal conundrum. Environmentalists are criticizing the Gonzales bill saying she should support the use of cloth diapers instead of disposable ones, to cut down on the cost and impact of landfills. OF course, not that California is officially in a drought, what about the water needed to wash the diapers, the bleach and the soap that would go into the sewage treatment plant and the increase of costs there.
Free diapers will become a new civil right- you just wait and see.