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
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
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
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.