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Pay people to cook at home

by Phantom Ace ( 6 Comments › )
Filed under Food and Drink, Headlines, Progressives, Socialism, Theocratic Progressives at May 13th, 2013 - 8:20 am


Progressives always come up with kooky ideas. The latest lunacy is a suggestion that people should be paid to cook at home. The author of this article proposes a new government program to pay people to cook at home.

In the Wages for Housework campaign, Ms. James argued for a shorter workweek for all, in part so men could help raise the children. This is not a pipe dream. Several Northern European nations have instituted social programs that reflect the importance of this work. The Netherlands promotes a “1.5 jobs model,” which allows men and women to work 75 percent of their regular hours when they have young children. In Sweden, parents can choose to work three-quarters of their normal hours until children turn 8.

To get Americans cooking, we need to make it possible. Stay-at-home parents should qualify for a new government program while they are raising young children — one that provides money for good food, as well as education on cooking, meal planning and shopping — so that one parent in a two-parent household, or a single parent, can afford to be home with the children and provide wholesome, healthy meals. These payments could be financed by taxing harmful foods, like sugary beverages, highly caloric, processed snack foods and nutritionally poor options at fast food and other restaurants. Directly linking a tax on harmful food products to a program that benefits health would provide a clear rebuttal to critics of these taxes. Business owners who argue that such taxes will hurt their bottom lines would, in fact, benefit from new demand for healthy food options and from customers with money to spend on such foods.

If we truly value domestic work, we should also enact workplace policies that incentivize health, like “health days” that employees could use for health-promoting activities: shopping for food, cooking, or tending a community garden.

Do not laugh at this idea. The Democrats and the Huckabee/Santorum Wing of the Republican Party will probably embrace this idea. Expect a politician to propose this crazy idea sometime in the next few cycles.

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6 Responses to “Pay people to cook at home”
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  1. waldensianspirit
    1 | May 13, 2013 12:25 pm

    I’m all for it!

  2. Bumr50
    2 | May 13, 2013 12:36 pm

    I hate Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

    I also hate this type of social and cultural meddling through proposed legislation.

    There’s no connection here, though.

    Plenty of REAL ammo against those two out there, if you want to use it…

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), now a conservative radio host, stood up to some in his party today when he supported the Common Core State Standards designed to raise the level of learning among all students in the United States.
    Created by the nation’s governors—30 are currently in the GOP—the standards have recently been cast by conservatives as a menacing, federal push on local control of the nation’s schools. But even Huckabee, who is a darling of the right, sees that the standards are hardly dangerous. “Parents and people involved in their local schools should let it be known that core standards are valuable, and they’re not something to be afraid of—they are something to embrace,” Huckabee said on his radio program Wednesday.

    WARNING – Goes to ThinkProgress

  3. 3 | May 13, 2013 2:23 pm

    @ Bumr50:

    Santorum and Huckabee are just Theocratic Progressives. Their beef with Democrats is over social issues. As for the article I posted, they would support a program for people to cook at home. They would support it in the name of “family values.”

  4. darkwords
    4 | May 13, 2013 2:59 pm

    Higher taxes will solve all the worlds problems. See King George III or in this article Queen James.

    Give people fair choices, clamp down on academic corruption, don’t make people carry the weight of others unless it is via personal choice and personal freedom.

  5. coldwarrior
    5 | May 13, 2013 3:47 pm

    isnt this govt sponsored stay at home mom?

    its leave it to beaver with a tax credit!

    the feminazis should be having a hissy fit.

  6. 6 | May 13, 2013 6:51 pm

    Oh dear God. What a crock of crap! This BS is never going to end, is it?

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