May 13, 2006


Buying a GOP Baby Boom (Froma Harrop, 5/13/06, Real Clear Politics)

Vladimir Putin wants to pay Russian women to have more children. Such pro-natalist policies are common in Western Europe, Japan and parts of Canada.

It was odd, however, to see similar ideas floated last November in the "conservative" Weekly Standard magazine. Authors Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam suggested that Washington mail out checks for "bonus babies," then pay their parents to take care of them at home.

Didn't welfare do much of that? Of course, the authors don't use such an unpopular term. "Subsidy" is a nicer word than "welfare," though to a true conservative, it's not a very nice word.

Douthat and Salam envision a number of transfer payments: handouts for parents who care for children at home; tuition credits as reward for the time spent raising kids; pension credits for the years not spent in the workplace. (I guess the $1,000-a-child tax credit isn't enough for these guys.) Imagine the blizzard of new checks flying out of Washington.

Now why would conservatives make the sort of proposals that have long inhabited the left end of the feminist movement? The answer is that they're not really conservatives. They're Republicans.

How does the Left's future look when it has to face the fact that children are a Republican plot for political dominance?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2006 6:59 PM

Angry. Angry and bitter. The question is will they try to kill off the rest of the family before they put the gun in their mouth.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at May 13, 2006 9:53 PM

And of course there's the dripping contempt of this sentence: "(I guess the $1,000-a-child tax credit isn't enough for these guys.)" How unfamiliar with child-rearing do you have to be to make a sentence like that?

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at May 14, 2006 3:06 AM

It is amazing how well C.S. Lewis nailed these people in That Hideous Strength.

What! Are we demonizing our opponents? That is precisely what we are doing.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 14, 2006 7:36 AM

We don't need to demonize our opponents. Just telling the truth about them and quoting them verbatim will do the trick.

Posted by: erp at May 14, 2006 11:40 AM

Erp: The "demonizing" refers to the Lewis book. The author lets us know who is behind the culture of death.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 14, 2006 1:27 PM