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President Obama: Childcare is a Must-Have

22 Jan 2015, 02:41 UTC
President Obama: Childcare is a Must-Have
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Left: President Obama in the middle of saying the word childcare, a word which would be greeted by a standing ovation, and which he would say a total of 7 times during his speech. Right: Government taking an active role in subsidizing childcare in America is currently out-of-fashion, but it isn't a new idea.I married into a family of State-of-the-Union watchers, and I have embraced the tradition of watching the address live. Yesterday, we managed to get the kids (mostly) in bed and (mostly) asleep by the 9pm start, and so my wife and I snuggled up to hear what the President had to say. Over the past decade, these addresses have been peppered with words like "terrorist", "war", "recession", and "unemployment". Then, just about 14 minutes in, I heard a different word: "childcare"."Wait, what?" said Margaret. "Is this really happening?"Then, yes, it happened. President Obama told us that childcare is a national economic priority:"During World War II, when men like my grandfather went off to war, having women like my grandmother in the workforce was a national security priority — so this country provided universal childcare. In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic ...

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