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The Republican War on Kids

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TomCat S (128)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 4:07 am
Fill in the blank: the Republican War on _______. If you picked anything that is neither perverse nor hateful, there’s a Republican War on It. Therefore it should come as no surprise that there’s a Republican War on Kids, demonstrated by their refusal to compromise on the Republican Sequester, demanding exceptions to fund welfare for the rich and military contractors, while insisting that thousands of kids be thrown out of Head Start.

Danuta W (1250)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:16 am

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 6:14 am
We can't get rid of worthless every child left behind or faith based initiatives but a solid and successful program like Head Start has to go. How soon will this be a third world country?

JL A (281)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 6:32 am
Your future cost estimates may be low given RAND's study on cost-effectiveness of preschool for CA. Many of the job losses are in towns, small cities and rural communities where the economic losses will be felt more. Another example of pretending to be pennywise and being pound foolish.

Winnie A (179)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 6:53 am
NO surprise here. Vote all republicans out of office in every state at every opportunity.

P A (117)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 7:13 am
Yes, TC, it would be far better to prevent them going to prison – many of the prisons are owned by Republicans profiting greatly from the hugely increased prison population in the last thirty years. I have read so many autobiographies over the years and listened to so many people who say that their whole life has turned on the meeting of one person – and it either went to the good or to the bad. You make the prisoners that you meet go to the good, despite the temptations and the pressures TC, and that is infinitely laudable.


pam w (139)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 7:13 am
We certainly don't want a nation of children who are well-educated and well-adjusted in school, we? They might grow up intelligent enough to see through the Republican agenda...and we can't have THAT!

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 8:26 am
I wonder what the gop wants for their future?
They are trashing the earth, its people, and now the future which is our children.
Shoot themselves in the foot, much?
And they will be extremely sorry for their shortsighted, nay, blindness to the social future of a globally warmed planet, eyes wide SHUT, they'll be roasting in lofty temperatures and still denying everything and everyone
Shameful, ty TC

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 8:30 am

If we rely on facts from science we know that the most important years for brain development are those "pre-school" years. This growing knowledge about how the brain develops tells how critical those early programs are for teaching and learning. I think this is all about forcing the privatization of not just education but so many other areas of government responsibility.

Why is this government in any way involved in "faith based in initiatives" is that not in the purview of the churches and therefore completely separate from the government? Obviously not because a great deal of our tax money is involved in supporting these faith based initiatives which seem to fall into large and ill defined group of church ideas and programs. Churches already enjoy a tax-exemption, though considering the huge amount of direct interference and contributions to political actions, the question of tax exemptions should probably be reconsidered.

It sure does look like this is a direct action to short change our students on education opportunities.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 8:32 am

Thanks TomCat, once again you have promoted an interesting discussion.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 8:42 am
BOO HISS to all those things and all those people called Republican. What is wrong with these poor excuses for human beings?
Knowledge is power - who wants to have ALL the power? But you are right, Tom - with the Republicans, it's a fill in the blank - they hate everything.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 8:57 am
The article:

Head Start programs will eliminate services for 57,265 children in the coming school year thanks to sequestration’s automatic, across-the-board spending cuts, according to new government data collected from individual programs.

My comment: So much for all of Obama's speeches about education which mentioned the Head Start program.

The article:
The cuts will also impact Head Start staff. More than 18,000 employees will experience lay offs or reduced pay.

My comment: Yup, what an economic stimulus. More people with less money to pay their bills or purchase an item at the store, go out to the movies, or enroll their children in those dance classes.

Way to go.....throw more people to the curb or under the bus. Great Country if you don't weaken.

Mike M (40)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 9:05 am
This is their plan to conquer America and fill it with the kind of people who see them and their views as gospel and then they want the world.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 9:13 am
Their madness knows no bounds. An educated population is an empowered population and one that is intelligent enough to see the grime lying beneath the GOP's laminated surface.

Jerry B (128)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 10:02 am
Noted ..thanks TomCat!

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 12:07 pm
noted, Thanks

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 1:00 pm
Educated = empowered = intelligent = self-will........four things the Fascists DO NOT want in any population of vast size. The more ignorant the masses, the more easily led by the nose. Compliant, manageable, non-resistant. Get it?! Good, I knew you would. Hence why they will cut, slash and burn any and all programs having to do with education or children. Let alone their darling little wars on.....(insert word here). The whole agenda is to have a malleable population who do not question....merely sheep or cattle to their slaughter.....BAAAAAAA

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 1:13 pm
Further proof that Republicanus/Teabaggers only "care" about children in utero, not after birth. Even in utero, it isn't that they care about the fetus, it is that they enjoy the power of controlling another's life and body.

David C (129)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 1:48 pm
Lynn says it well...

Diane O (194)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 3:32 pm
I promote anything and everything that helps promote the development of children. I have grown children and I have grandchildren. I have a great love for children and their educational development.

I suggest that many of you check out Obama's $860 billion stimulus that failed. Notice the money allocated to frogs crossing the street and other non essential taxpayer funded studies that were, indeed, funded, to pay back Obama's democratic supporters. Take a look at that and get back to me. If you believe that our taxpayer dollars were better spent in these bogus studies while taking away the funding to educate our children then I would like to hear from you.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:12 pm
What kind of person takes food out of the mouths of children? Thank you for the news. We need to send them all to Mars.

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:20 pm
Hey Diane O.:
If your accusation is correct, then every single politician that has walked the face of this Earth has done the same thing, over and over, again.
Where have you been?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:31 pm

Suzanne O (33)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:55 pm
Charlene, I think most politicians are a pretty big failure to those they represent. It's just if it's your guy it's okay.

I think so many tax dollars are wasted on ridiculous matters when the money could and should be used for priority items first. I guess you can't have everything when you have no money to pay for it and no track record to keep asking for more when it is wasted on stupidity.

Edith B (146)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 10:08 pm
Head Start is so important to so many kids who live in poverty, this is the only "leg up" they will get.

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 10:29 pm
We don't spend enough on our children even without the sequester. This will make it even worse. Thank you for the work you do, TomCat. And thanks for the information.

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 1:21 am
Thanks everyone.

While it's true that the stimulus contained considerable pork, let's not forget that the pork was the price paid to mostly Republican Senators for ending the filibuster that was blocking it.

For Republicans (the party, not rank and file individuals) the right to life ends at birth.

Diane O (194)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:47 am
While that comment sounds "clever" it is not true. Parents have the responsibility to raise their own children and the vast majority of them raise children to be good citizens and chart a path towards education to be self supporting and spares no political party.

Most of the pork went to governors who supported Obama.

Ken O (55)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:01 am
Gotta see this one:
One of the best graphics I've seen in a long, long time....

Lona Goudswaard (80)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:25 am
You are so right, TomCat. Prevention is always better than mopping up the mess later on. By keeping the underprivileged dumb and poor, the Republicans are putting a bomb underneath the future of the US.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:57 am
ALL new ventures take investments - both Microsoft and Apple had a lot of financial trouble until their products caught on. They were fortunate that there were EDUCATED people who could come in to help improve the products and spread the word about them. It's all tied together....

Diane O (194)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:39 pm
Here's an article based on studies on Head Start:

Washington politicians interested in never cutting a dime from Washington’s spending can bring forth the name of Head Start quicker than the name of their own districts. It’s a heart-string puller. It has its roots deep in the Great Society, established in 1965 and expanded over the years to become one of the country’s longest-running programs to combat the effects of poverty. More than 20 million American children have gone through the program, which is designed to impart parenting skills to parents, and cognitive, emotional, and health improvements to children. Over the years, the program has cost $180 billion.

For the second time in two years, a Congressionally mandated study of the Health and Human Services program has shown it does not work. Its published date is October 2012, but it wasn’t released until after Obama’s election, presumably so Democratic campaigns could safely accuse Republicans of not caring about children and ignore the actual results of the programs they favor.

The timing of the release raises questions about whether HHS was trying to bury the findings in the report, which shows, among other outcomes, that by third grade, the $8 billion Head Start program had little to no impact on cognitive, social-emotional, health, or parenting practices of participants. On a few measures, access to Head Start had harmful effects on children.

The two studies followed two cohorts—one with access to Head Start and one without, for a total of 5,000 children—through first grade (2010 study) and into third grade (2012 study) to determine whether the federal program had lasting effects on cognitive abilities, emotional well-being, behavior, or parenting skills.

In 2010, HHS released the findings of the Head Start Impact Study, which tracked the progress of three- and four-year-olds entering Head Start through kindergarten and first grade. Overall, Head Start had little to no positive effects for children who were granted access.

For the four-year-old group, compared to similarly situated children not allowed access to Head Start, access to the program failed to raise the cognitive abilities of participants on 41 measures. Specifically, the language skills, literacy, math skills, and school performance of the participating children failed to improve.

Alarmingly, access to Head Start for the three-year-old group actually had a harmful effect on the teacher-assessed math ability of these children once they entered kindergarten. Teachers reported that non-participating children were more prepared in math skills than those children who participated in Head Start.

Head Start also had little to no effect on the other socio-emotional, health, or parenting outcomes of children participating in the program. For the four-year-old group, access to Head Start failed to have an effect for 69 out of 71 socio-emotional, health, and parenting outcomes.

And, they were studied again in third grade:

Impacts on Cognitive Development. For cognitive development, the third-grade study assessed 11 outcomes for the original three- and four-year-old cohorts. Access to Head Start for each group had no statistically measurable effects on all measures of cognitive ability, including numerous measures of reading, language, and math ability.

Impacts on Social-Emotional Development. For social-emotional development, the third-grade study assessed 19 outcomes for each cohort. For measures of parent-reported social-emotional outcomes, access to Head Start for the three-year-old cohort failed to affect four of the five measures. For this cohort, Head Start failed to affect four measures of parental-reported problem behaviors. However, access to Head Start yielded a slight beneficial impact on children in the areas of social skills and positive approaches to learning.


For third grade, access to Head Start had no statistically measurable effect on the 10 teacher-reported measures of social-emotional development for the three-year-old cohort. However, for the four-year-old cohort, out of 10 measures, access to Head Start is associated with one harmful impact. Teachers reported “strong evidence of an unfavorable impact on the incidence of children’s emotional symptoms.” Access to Head Start for this cohort had no beneficial or harmful impacts on the remaining nine teacher-reported measures.

The theme of this evaluation is “no statistically measurable effect,” and what tiny positive effects there are among subgroups in behavioral and parental improvements are outweighed by statistically measurable harmful impacts in others. This is not a wise way to spend billions of dollars.

Because this program is for low-income children and families, it’s easy to demagogue. All of its critics just hate low-income children, the speeches go, making it rather hard to criticize the program. But the reality is, when you’re taking billions out of the federal budget and out of American citizens’ budgets to prop up a program that has been shown repeatedly not to work for the very people who need it to work, you are doing a disservice to those children. It is not enough to pass legislation that funds a giant federal program if that program does nothing to help the people you claim to be helping. It is not compassionate to perpetuate that program when scientifically rigorous studies done during a Democratic administration have shown it does not help, and sometimes hurts. There are a thousand private entities doing work on education, social-emotional development, and parenting skills in low-income communities that would make better use of a 1/100th of Head Start’s budget than Head Start is. Head Start’s allotment in Obama’s 2013 budget is $8 billion— more than Twitter’s entire net worth and four times the worth of Pinterest, for some budgetary perspective. Head Start was upset there wasn’t more “investment.”

Head Start’s mission statement:

“Head Start promotes school preparation by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services.”

No, despite lots of money and well-intentioned employees, it doesn’t. Now, would we like to admit that and try something that does or just continue to fail these children in favor of some morally righteous back-patting and $8 billion in false “compassion?”

I haven't googled the studies but I know one or two liberals will find the time to post them to prove this article wrong.

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:59 pm
Diane O.: Your long extended rhetoric may sound good to anyone who may believe it, in the first place. You can elaborate on any study you care to, but there is always another study, contradicting the last one. The proof is in the results, unfortunately, especially when it concerns children and their needs.

You, in fact, fit in perfectly with the Republican Party; Be AGAINST everything and For NOTHING. As one of your cohorts was caught saying on TV the other day,
'If you have cancer, it is your problem; I don't want to have to pay for your treatment'.
Now, that's what I call a true so-called Christian conservative.

Barbara V (51)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:04 pm
The Republican party plus ANYTHING decent is like mixing gasoline and alcohol. They grow worse and more blatantly dangerous as time rolls by. Horrible! Don't expect any good out of them for children. Their only interest lies with the rich.

TomCat S (128)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:51 am
Thanks to all, especially those butt-bitten by the Care2 glitch monster. Somehow I think Dianne's source is just hot air. ;-)

Alice C (1797)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:10 am
Many single mothers and fathers need help to make ends meet for their children. Even 2 income families need some help from time to time to provide day care, medical care, housing and to put food on the table.

Jason R (67)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:58 am
"I promote anything and everything that helps promote the development of children. I have grown children and I have grandchildren. I have a great love for children and their educational development.

I suggest that many of you check out Obama's $860 billion stimulus that failed."

Diane, did YOU ever pick the wrong party to affiliate with! You'd give up the education of our precious children over what, contract money?

And I already PROVED to you that the stimulus check was signed by BUSH and that when Obama got in, the right cut him off so he/we would fail. Why can't you EVER except the truth?

Parents HAVE to work. Thanks to Reaganomics.

You want to push a fox article on us? You KNOW we know they lie through their teeth!!!
HHS Study: Head Start Program Doesn't Work - Fox Nation
Washington politicians interested in never cutting a dime from Washington's spending can bring forth the name of Head Start quicker than the name of their own districts. It's a heart-string puller. It has its roots deep in the Great Society, established in 1965 and expanded over ... More from

Why do you bother? What makes you take a stand with the bad guys? Push the hate to the limits?

Jason R (67)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 11:17 am
Diane, care to sign and be a part of the solution?

Diane O (194)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:21 pm
I'll let you know after I have done my due diligence on the studies that are paying Head Start has been a huge failure. I want to know why that is. Don't you? Seems the parents didn't bother to take their children there. What's next for the taxpayers? Tax funded limousines and nannies?

When you see mothers who keep pumping out a baby every year to get her income up via the taxpayers this is what happens. They aren't interested in getting these children to a taxpayer funded excellent program.

I agree with Head Start but I want to know why it failed or has failed in certain cities.

Diane O (194)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:21 pm
Jason, you should know by now that I won't sign anything that has Barack Obama's name on it.

Diane O (194)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:28 pm
Everything Obama signs turns to dust. You know that. But you don't blame Obama. You believe the republicans who were elected in a tsunami vote in 2010 when they replaced the democrats. American was talking to you, Jason. They said, "Stop Obama." They were right.
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