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War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America's Beleaguered Moms & Dads

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  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Diane Pub Co (Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756790034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756790035
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 14.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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I agree with the first reviewer who said that the authors more accurately define parent's problems, than offer good solutions. Their answers are somewhat inconsistent. To their credit, these authors are liberals who point to a lot of the problems liberalism has spawned, and admit as much. But then, (perhaps predictably) many of their solutions are liberal (government interventionist, income redistributionist) solutions. For instance, they think parents don't spend enough time with their kids. The answer is to force employers to give parents flex time, for school days to be longer, and the government to provide day care. This makes sense? Employers must let employees off, but kids must be in school all day? Then the authors complain about high taxes. They say taxes should be lowered on working families. Who do they think is going to pay for lost work time, longer hours in inefficient schools, and day care? With their legislation, taxes would have to go up, obviously. College professors always think that business can magically supply everything on their wish lists though, (which is what their "Parent's Bill of Rights" is.) Another answer the authors suggest to bolster parent's economic security and solve parent's problems is that Congress should raise the minimum wage to $7 per hour. As an economist, Sylvia Ann Hewlett should know that the higher the minimum wage goes, the more jobs go overseas, and the more companies downsize, or try to automate. Professors rarely think like employers do though, only like employees. Then there are the cultural issues. The authors point to the destructive influences of a "poisonous popular culture", criticizing the numerous depictions on TV and in movies of sex, violence, and bad parents.Read more ›
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I particularly like the focus of the authors on the proliferation of "experts" intruding into the integrity and privacy of the family.
CPS are blasted for being often mistaken, negligent, and malicious in their intrusions into family life. Parents have been disempowered by their decisions, and are literally afraid to make a move with their children, lest they be accused of abuse by the "experts"
The hysteria about child abuse has spawned an industry which continues to grow without any checks accountability or oversight. The taxpayer merely can foot the bill and the media have sat back while without doing any real investigations of increasingly tryannous behavior on the part of CPS.
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