I know a politician can’t open her mouth in front of a large crowd without pandering, but Hillary, speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus, has outdone herself by proposing a $5,000 “baby bond” for every newborn. You can read the article here:
There is much to say about this proposal, and one hardly knows where to begin. First of all, the leading beneficiaries are an odd mix: pro-life Republicans, racial minorities, and religious conservatives would all benefit disproportionately, since they have a higher birthrate than white liberal Democrats. I bet Hillary wouldn’t have made this proposal in front of a group of Unitarians. Secondly, this proposal is odd coming from a Democrat, as it would encourage an increased birthrate. Many Democrats think we are overpopulated already, and would consider the “baby bonus” an encouragement to overpopulation and irresponsible parenting.
But my main concern is, why does she care so much about those not yet born, and not for the kids and their parents who are already on the planet? (Haven’t we all heard this argument used against those opposed to abortion?) Why does this start at an arbitrary cutoff date in the future? Why doesn’t she just give everyone $5,000 of taxpayer money?