Quoting Safka9973:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Emily Dickinson:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Safka9973:</b>" ... [snip!] ... at what cost to society? I am not talking about financial deficits with this question. What has this done to us as a people?"
There are other taxes than income taxes. Social Security tax, Medicare tax, sales tax, etc. Even people who receive government assistance currently use that money to stimulate our economy. When they use food stamps, guess what? That money goes to the people who make the products they buy, the people who stock the shelves, etc. Their daycare dollars support a small business who then in turn spends that money in our economy.
We get NOTHING out of handing out free money so that a mom can stay home and not work. Not to mention the fact that if the government starts paying people to stay home - instead of work - the amount of working people is going to diminish rapidly. How stupid would it be to go to work when the government will compensate your salary if you have a child?
If a woman (or man) chooses to stay home, more power to them - if they can financially afford to do so. Its not my responsibility to work to make sure they can.