Should US taxes pay for nannies?

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Should US taxes pay for nannies?
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Sat, 02-09-2013 - 9:16am

I don't know where to start.  But a nanny has been caught on a nanny cam hitting and shaking infant.  It's upsetting video but I'm really really glad mom shared this publicly:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/07/mamura-nasirova-arrested-baby-smacking-camera_n_2639567.html

The comments are what concern me.  From, mom should've taken matters into her own hands.  And US taxpayers pay for public schools, social security, welfare, so why not for daycare?

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 4:51pm
I read some of the comments, talk about ignorance. I can't believe how many were blaming the mother for not staying at home. That's not a choice every woman has the privilege to make. I don't think that it's feasible for tax dollars to pay for daycare at this time, there is no way we can take on more taxes. There is so many changes that need to be made, just not the money to do it.

Chelsea

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Sat, 02-09-2013 - 9:21am

My concerns: Using tax dollars doesn't necessarily prevent nanny abuse.  Or even abuse in a daycare setting with extra eyes on other daycare providers.  The comments suggest if nannies were paid more (like a subsidy on top of what moms and dads pay) then more American women would become nannies.  It's a cultural bias, that mothers in other countries don't raise children like we do in the US.

I also don't think many educated women even want to be nannies (in the US or elsewhere).  It's not a question of pay.  It's just hard to trust your child is completely safe in daycare or with a nanny.

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