I had been meaning to blog about this new story for some time.
I am talking about the new story where a Wisconsin Republican Senator Proposes Bill That Labels Single-Parenthood As Child Abuse. When I read this particular article I was enraged. This is what is what the bill states “In promoting those campaigns and materials, the [Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board] shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”
When I read that I was floored. So if we are to believe what the bill is stating, I being a single parent, are abusing my kids by being said single parent, and also being without a husband I am also neglecting them. Yeah, ok. So if that were really the case who should be arrested here. Myself for being the single parent, or my ex-husband for walking out and divorcing me.
When you read the Addicting Info article I linked above you can definately hear a liberal slant (even if it is heavily laced in sarcasm), so I tried to do a little more digging to see if I could find a more neutral article on the topic, or better yet, a conservative take on it. This is probably another liberal article on the matter, but they have a portion of a transscript of an interview with Sen. Grothman. In this article the Senator claims that woman are “trained” to lie about pregnancies, or in other words, unplanned pregnancies are a lie, the woman really planned on getting pregnant to milk social services.
Oh wow. There are no words. Neither one of my kids were planned. I guess I was too naive to know that I was lying the whole time. I wonder if I really orchestrated my husband’s affair so I could try get and life off of welfare and food stamps? Damn, my head hurts now.
But wait, it gets better.. Sen Grothman still turns it around and takes a dig at single moms. I would love to summarize the transcript, but I know I would not do it no justice. The transcript is from an interview conducted by Alan Comes with Sen Grothman.
Grothman: There’s been a huge change over the last 30 years and a lot of that change has been the choice of the women. There’s a reason why in the 50s and the 60s you had less than ten percent of the births illegitimate, and now we’re over 40 percent. It’s not that there weren’t abusive men in the 40s or there was a problem with child support. It is the popular culture, led by the social service professions, who are saying…
Colmes: Well tell me what you would change.
Grothman: I think the first thing we do is that we should educate women that this is a mistake.
Colmes: You think women need to be educated, are they not smart enough on their own?
Grothman: They do have to be educated, because right now the culture encourages a single motherhood lifestyle.
Colmes: You think women choose to be single moms…
Grothman: Oh absolutely
Colmes: You think women want to have homes without fathers? You think women look to the opportunity to have to raise kids and not be able to get work because they have to stay home and take care of the kids. Women want to do this?
Grothman: I think a lot of women are adopting the single motherhood lifestyle because the government creates a situation in which it is almost preferred.
Colmes: According to data published in USA Today, at least four in ten pregnancies in every state are unwanted or mistimed. According to the analysis that was released last May, more than half of pregnancies in 29 states and the District of Columbia were unintended, 38 to 50 percent were unintended in the remaining states. This mitigates against the argument that women are purposefully wanting to have kids. Their unintended for the most part. They’re unintended pregnancies, which is the argument for health care services and birth control for women.
Grothman: I think you undersell these women.
Colmes: Undersell them?
Grothman: Undersell them. I think when you have an epidemic of this great proportion, people are not so dumb that it’s surprising when they get pregnant. I think people are trained to say that ‘this is a surprise to me,’ because there’s still enough of a stigma that they’re supposed to say this.
OMG I swear what is it about single moms that this guy has a vendetta. So basically now since I am a single mom, I am only so because I want to freeload the system? Trust me the system is not all that kind to single moms, if it were I wouldn’t be living paycheck to pay check. I wouldn’t have had to go christmas toy shopping on freecycle this year. And I certainly wouldn’t have almost foreclosed on my home. =(
But it gets better.
What reminded me that I needed to blog about this article was another article that Addicting Info put out about Sen Grothman who is now claiming that “woman make less money than men because money is more important to men”. In other words, if a woman has kids, and possibly elects to stay home for a few years to raise them, she in essence does not care about money like her husband, who would not take off of work or set-back his career for his family. I wonder how stay-at-home-dads fit into his equation?
This guy makes me want to puke. Times like this I get embarrassed to say that I share a nationality with such a piece of crap, and a lawmaker to boot.