By Obama's Standards, He's America's Biggest Child Abuse Facilitator

By President Obama’s own standards, he just might be the nation’s biggest child abuse facilitator since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

What does that mean? Let’s hop in the wayback machine – all the way back to April 8, 1997, when young State Senator Barack Obama did an interview with Chinta Strausberg of the Chicago Defender. There, he reportedly explained that “the flurry of child abuse cases could reduce drastically if more jobs could be created but only those paying living wages.”

In other words, if you spread the wealth around, those abused kids will all be better off. As Obama puts it, “We have to make sure that families are intact and have some order. If the parents don’t have their lives together a lot of times they’ll take it out on their kids.”

Obama even stated that the new welfare reform law would increase child abuse: “We’re going to have some real problems placing these folks—welfare recipients—into jobs, particularly those paying a living wage. If people aren’t making a living wage, if they don’t have means of support, it’s more likely that we end up seeing some of the child abuse cases.”

Obama, of course, was wrong on all counts. The increase in labor force participation led to one of the greatest periods of economic expansion in American history. But the broader Obama point remains: If only President Obama had found a way to alleviate poverty, perhaps he could have stilled State Senator Obama’s fears about increases in child abuse.

As we’ve seen, deaths per day due to child abuse have risen from 4.77 in 2008 to well above 5 as of 2010. If that’s the fault of America’s leadership not doing enough to help the poor, Obama has only himself to blame.


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