Seems that the state of Idaho has some right-wing whackos of questionable mental capacity with their heads in the sand and their feet firmly on the brakes of reality.
A bill was recently introduced in that state to tighten up restrictions on how daycares operate. But six Republicans on the House Health and Welfare Committee wouldn’t even let it come to a vote.
Even stranger (and perhaps more prehistoric) was when these “representatives of the people” made comments that mothers needed to stay home with their children.
But first, some tidbits from the Star-Tribune (a Jackson, Wyoming paper!):
– The bill would have set standards for health, safety, training and staffing, and required criminal history checks for day cares with as few as two unrelated children.
– Elena Rodriguez of Idaho Voices for Children testified that “The current lack of adequate standards for child care puts children at risk. That’s what we want to correct.”
Rodriguez also stated that over 70,000 Idaho children under the age of 5 are in some form of daycare.
My note: What is so wrong with wanting child care providers to meet at LEAST the same minimum guidelines as other states?
What follows are some of the comments attributed to some of Idaho’s State Representatives, as quoted in the Star Tribune. I’m not sure which comment from these Extreme Right-Wing Republican Ostriches are more idiotic:
Idiotic Comment #1: By State Rep. JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, on why the bill needed to be rejected:
The committee heard the same information 25 years ago when she served on it.
What the _________? Dear Representative Wood:
–First, what are you still doing on the same committee you served on 25 years ago?
–Second, please enlighten us as to what made the information invalid 25 years ago.
–Third, please enlighten us on how society today resembles society from 25 years ago.
And might it be that your perspective today is just as out of step with reality as it was 25 years ago?
You also stated, “I would plead with you I think it’s working well. We just don’t see the problems there in the rural area where I am.”
Ms. Wood, the 2000 Census shows Rigby, Id. has having 2,998 people. But the southwest corner of the state has at growing metropolitan area, does it not? I would plead with you to turn off your reruns of Leave it to Beaver long enough to see the REAL concerns of REAL people living in a REAL 21st century.
Idiotic Comment #2: by State Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona. Actually, this ostrich had several:
“What can we do to keep mom at home?”
“There is no substitute, there is absolutely no substitute for families taking care of children.”
Loertscher also said he “cannot imagine” ever taking a child to a day-care center.
Is this the 21st Century? Is Mr. Loertscher sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States? You know, the document that gives RIGHTS to the people? When Mr. Loertscher want to “keep mom at home” he’s sounding more like a member of the Taliban.
If Mr. Loertscher “cannot imagine” the need by some families to take children to daycare, then either his mind must be VERY VERY SMALL or he is living in another universe.
Someone needs to wake this man up from his Rip van Winkle slumber. Please tell him we have color TV now and Leave it to Beaver is off the air. I will agree that it would be really nice if we could bring back the old days, when Dad worked 9-5 and mom could stay home with the kids IF SHE WANTED. And yes, there is no substitute for families taking care of children. Maybe that’s how Mr. Loertscher grew up, and maybe he can’t imagine life any other way.
I grant him that much latitude. But I understand he’s a big boy now and as a representative of thousands of women, he needs to show them some respect. And he needs to come to grips with the reality that some people are not as fortunate to be have a nuclear family that do all the things Mr. Loerstcher thinks are right.
I could understand it if he asked, “What can we do to help mom stay at home if she wants?” But “what can we do to keep mom at home?” That’s a tad sexist, sir. Actually, it’s very sexist.
Idiotic comment #3: by State Rep. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett.
“Being separate from your mother there’s reason to believe this could be harmful.”
Oh . . . my . . . God.
Did he really say that?
I have so many comments I could make here, but I am not wanting to sink even further into making personal insults than I already have.
In the name of parents everywhere, you should all be ashamed. All of you who voted against this bill should be ashamed of yourselves for not creating regulation to screen people who work with children.
My question is this: What personal agenda are you hiding? Are you protecting your own sister or your own Aunt Sally who provides daycare for six of her neighbors? Do you not want Aunt Sally to “be screened” by the state? Is THAT what this is all about?
I appears that your lack of action here is simply a lame effort to force your values on others while answering your own question, “What can we do to keep mom at home?” You might feel all proud that you’ve forced your values on others or that you’ve kept your personal relatives from having to be screened, but at the same time you’re risking the safety of your constituents’ children. This is extreme quackery that gives Republicans a bad name. Please find some common sense.
First, Mr. Loertscher should apologize for his deeply offensive, sexist comments.
Second, they should reconsider that bill and bring common sense to the daycare industry in that state.