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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Probably Not A Popular Opinion

No, probably not a popular opinion..but..I'm used to that lol.
Here it is...
Some of you may not realise that Ontario is on the cusp of a Provincial election wherein will be elected a party and premier.  One of the 'hot issues' is that of daycare and this is where I get my dander up.  Folks nowadays seem to think that the government (and that's us folks....our wallets) should subsidize the cost of raising their children.  Now, when we were raising our child and countless other Ontarians were doing the same thing, no one offered to subsidize, or indeed pay entirely, for our day care..the baby bonus was $10 a month and we had to claim it on our income tax report and if we had a child with special health needs no one offered to pay for that.  If you had a child you were expected to support it.  
So here's my message to today's parents and would be parents.  Children are expensive.  When you are considering if you can afford to have a child and how many children you could afford remember it's not just food, clothing, medical and educational expenses you need to consider.  There are many hidden expenses concealed within that squirmy, delightful little bundle you are considering  and you had best be prepared to pay for those expenses yourself.  
I am in favour of abolishing the 'baby bonus, the subsidizing of day care and the free medical attention for people with children with various conditions.  I am favour of people putting some thought into their life plans and making sure they are prepared for what is to come when they have children.
As I said.....probably not a popular opinion but one guaranteed to get people talking anyway.

13 comments:

  1. I would keep the free medical attention. Medical conditions can affect any of us and they are not really something we can plan for. The rest of it can go.

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    1. I have no problem with our regular medical coverage frm the government..it's when folks with children with special needs seem to think that there should be centers set up for treatment and care for these kids and that the service should be provided to them free of charge.

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  2. We have similar situation in the United States. Women (unmarried) have child after child and get all sorts of subsidies and assistance to raise those children that is paid for by the working taxpayers. So unfair to those who work hard for a living and then can't afford things themselves for their families because of these programs. It's an ongoing problem for sure.

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    1. It is our pet peeve here that folks on disability or Ontario works get so many things given them that people working two and three jobs just to keep body and soul together can't afford. Where is the help for them? It should be all or not at all if you ask me.

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  3. Like EC, I would agree on every point except the medical attention. I'm actually wondering what you had in mind, because medical conditions are covered by universal health care, aren't they? But the gist of your thoughts (to plan ahead and don't expect everything to be paid for) is certainly a song I sing, too :)

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  4. THat is a tough one, I mostly agree with you.

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  5. You get $10 a month, Wow! That is $10 more a month than we get in US. Medical care for children should always be included. People are never prepared for a sick child and it can happen to anybody.

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    1. WE GOT $10 a month back in 1975...now people are getting several hundred dollars a month..in essence...being paid to have a family. I to so disagree with it.

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  6. That's definitely a subject to get people talking. The system is different here in Australia, where support for families is called "Family Allowance". It used to be called "Child Endowment" and when my children were born it was about $2 per child per month. It's quite a bit more now, and although there are people who have babies just to get government money, not all of us think that way.

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  7. I know where you're coming from, Delores. I have no right to comment, I guess...I never had children of my own...but in today's world it appears that everyone else other than the parents are raising other people's kids. I think that's where more than half the problems begins with the kids today...with the bullying that goes on, the disrespect, etc. Teachers are burdened more and more every day with more responsibilities, other than teaching. Responsibilities that should be those of a parent or parents. Those parents expect everyone else to do their work for them.

    Day care was not around when I was a little kid....that was many years ago, of course. My older brother and I never had babysitters either. We were cared for by both our mother and our grandmother...no father in the picture.

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    1. Our parents had no assistance from the government in raising their children. I never saw a babysitter other than my gran who lived in the other side of the house.

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  8. Think your values are absolutely correct. In the UK there is a childcare voucher system and it is totally abused, in my day I had to pay - a lot - to work and ensure my children were safely cared and yes I do object to subsidising others out of taxes who then work a minimum hour week and claim yet more benefits and then sit in their new cars on their new iphones planning social events that I cannot afford, I suspect this is not unique to the UK.

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