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Are Americans 'Entitled' to Child Care?
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  • Marie

    First, we need to drop the words "entitled" or "entitlement." These words are used pejoratively, making a true discussion of principles and policies nearly impossible. It is in our country's best interest to support working families, to ensure that every child starts his or her life with equal opportunities for education and socialization. That's how we should approach these issues: what is the short- and long-term benefits of providing federally subsidized child care to working families? How will that make us a better society (because surely we always have room for improvement)? Of course there will be costs, but if we look only at costs, then we miss the whole picture. I want to live in a society that cares for all of its citizens, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, race, and sexual orientation. Should I really have to consider leaving the US to find such a society?

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