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Who doesn’t like a dad joke every now and then? Something that is just as likely to get groans as it is laughs. That joke I found on a website called fatherhood.gov. The “dot-gov” part should stand out to you. Yes, the federal government is using taxpayer dollars to tell bad dad jokes. Jokes are just a small part of it. There are lots of other resources on the site that are designed to help men be better fathers. It says that funding for the site is “provided through the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.” Only politicians have the nerve to refer to spending as “deficit reduction,” but whatever you call it, it is taxpayer money that is being spent.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis just signed a $70 million dollar bill to promote fatherhood as well. We cannot underestimate the importance of fathers in our society. As former president Barack Obama once said:
We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.
Having a father in the home means less crime, poverty, and hopelessness. All good things that should be promoted. My question is, should the government be the ones doing this? My experience is, anything that can be done, the government can do half as well for four times the price. Should we expect anything different from their fatherhood initiatives?
An argument can be made that more fathers stepping up to raise and provide for their children will mean less welfare and smaller prison populations. If that were to happen, then yes, government spending would go down and the fatherhood programs would have paid for themselves. Still, I don’t see boys turning to the government to learn how to be men.
Boys should be learning how to be responsible men and fathers from their own dads. So, what do we do now that so many were denied that experience? We have generations of boys growing up in more or less matriarchal families with fathers who didn’t bother. One would hope that churches, synagogues, and mosques could pick up the slack. Looking at the moral decay in our society, it doesn’t seem that the church is up to the task. For the good of our culture, that will need to change, but what about the government? Do you believe these government programs can really improve families, and the culture? Or could the money be better spent (or not spent at all)?Published in