By JLP | October 26, 2011
Thursday is Daiper Need Awareness Day in Connecticut…
Gov. Dan Malloy is declaring Thursday “Diaper Need Awareness Day” in Connecticut as the state’s Democrats try to raise awareness of the cost and public health concerns of diapers.
The move is part of a campaign to push the federal government to provide free diapers for poor families, and follows in the wake of a bill proposed by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) called the Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery Act (DIAPER), reports the Hartford Courant.
“No family should have to choose between buying diapers for their child or buying groceries—but that is exactly what is happening today,” said DeLauro in a statement earlier this month. “Diapers are expensive, but necessary, to keep children healthy and in daycare, giving their parents the freedom they need to work.”
Traditionally, public assistance funds and food stamps have not been applicable to the purchase of diapers. DeLauro estimates that families pay about $100 a month purchase diapers.
Here’s the deal: I have NO PROBLEM with Representative DeLauro starting her own PRIVATE foundation to collect and dispense diapers to those in need. I DO have a problem with her expecting taxpayers to cover the cost, creating ANOTHER government program.
This quote stuck out to me: “No family should have to choose between buying diapers for their child or buying groceries…” This makes no sense to me since the families that are in this situation are probably already on food assistance programs.
Whatever the case, I can’t get Benjamin Franklin’s thoughts out of my mind:
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”