Why are Republicans so afraid of taxpayer-supported child care?

Polls suggest a substantial number of Americans approve of President Biden's plan for subsidized daycare

Published May 2, 2021 4:00AM (EDT)

 Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

In other countries, universal resources are common. From daycare to healthcare and college, many countries have incorporated these benefits to assist citizens and now President Joe Biden is looking to do the same.

An op-ed published by The Guardian discusses Republicans' resistance to universal daycare as if it were the plague. The American Families Plan, if passed, would contribute vastly to much-needed improvements for the United States' childcare system. The piece of legislation would also provide billions in funding for three critical areas in the childcare system: universal preschool, paid family leave, and subsidized childcare.

Although a substantial number of Americans would likely approve of the plan, Republicans are not thrilled about it because there is one detail they are not thrilled about. The plan would be funded by the higher taxes that will be imposed on the wealthy 1%. For that reason, Republican lawmakers have no interest in the plan coming to fruition.

The author highlighted how the core of Republicans' belief systems deeply contradicts their opposition to universal childcare. "Who wouldn't support investing in children?" she wrote. "The party of "family values", of course! The party that loves advocating for embryos but doesn't seem quite so keen on helping kids."

Referencing a survey that ranked the U.S. as the second-worst place to raise a family, she argued that the proposed plan could help to improve the country's family-friendly ranking. Despite the obvious need for such a plan, Republicans are pushing back.

In fact, Charlie Shepherd also weighed in with a mindboggling rebuke of universal daycare arguing that the funding would harm"the family unit." Shepherd said, "[A]ny bill that makes it easier or more convenient for mothers to come out of the home and let others raise their child, I don't think that's a good direction for us to be going."

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) also tweeted a bizarre pushback against universal daycare. "You know who else liked universal daycare?" she tweeted along with a 1974 New York Times article on universal daycare in the Soviet Union.

Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance also chimed in with bizarre opposing views. "'Universal day care' is class war against normal people," Vance said.

His explanation for his perspective is that: "normal Americans care more about their families than their jobs, and want a family policy that doesn't shunt their kids into crap daycare so they can enjoy more 'freedom' in the paid labor force."

However, Republicans' opposition, alone, may not be enough to block universal daycare.


By Meaghan Ellis

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