There is currently a proposal circulating in Australia for taxpayers to fund a Childminding Allowance for grandparents who look after their grandchildren, including in circumstances where; “both parents of the child have to work.”
I now wish to give this idea both barrels.
Where the hell is this country heading?
Since when do both parents HAVE TO work full time?
For readers who live in other countries where Governments expect their citizens to be self-reliant and responsible for the welfare of the children which spring from their loins, I offer the following information relevant to Australia where legislated and generous minimum wage conditions apply;
Barrel 1. Both parents HAVE TO work full time only when they’ve made the personal choice early in life to buy on credit all the material possessions which previous generations saved entire lifetimes for.
Barrel 2. Both parents HAVE TO work full time only when they’ve decided that the process of generating more personal wealth should not be unnecessarily inconvenienced by having to nurture and love the previously mentioned loin fruit which they have produced.
All the pampered non-deserving welfare recipients in Australia are presently gathered around the trough of unreality snorting up all manner of unsustainable allowances.
$5000 for every newborn baby. (Otherwise known as the plasma-screen allowance.)
An extensive raft of subsidies payable until the child reaches the age of 16.
People with sore shoulders being paid lifetime Total Disability Pensions.**
Partners whose ‘other half’ suffers occasional headaches being granted a full time Carer’s Pension, the proceeds of which are used to fund overseas holidays. **
‘Totally Disabled’ pension recipients for 35 years who nevertheless manage to single-handedly build their own four-bedroom home during that time. **
No wonder all the new grandparents in 2012 can smell the party going on around the trough and want to be a part of it.
Grandparenting should a privilege for both the grandparent and the child, and not a moneymaking project funded by those who work and pay taxes.
Or perhaps I’m just a really Grumpy Old Fart.
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** Actual examples from the GOF files.