Rand Paul Suggests Cutting Benefits for Unwed Mothers with Too Many Kids

From the looks of it, Mike Huckabee isn’t the only Republican concerned about the libido of women. As if we didn’t have enough bad ideas when it comes to social policy from Republicans, in comes Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) with his brand of what amounts to Social Darwinism intended to hurt the poor.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) decided to say to hell with the libertarian principle of freedom last Thursday. Opting for a more traditional conservative talking point instead, Paul suggested that there’s a need to carry out policy that limits the number of children a woman can have. Echoing the ongoing “let’s shit on single mothers and blame them for poverty” nonsense, Paul said it’s time we send the message that “enough is enough.” And how does he propose to carry out such a plan? Well, he didn’t really get that far. Actually, he doesn’t have a plan and he knows there’s no way of getting such a proposal to become reality. Why? Because there’s this small problem called the U.S. Constitution.

This from The Raw Story:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested the possibility of cutting government benefits for unwed mothers who have multiple children.

 

“Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount,’” said Paul, who opposes legal abortion and has criticized the federal health care law’s contraception mandate as a violation of religious and economic liberty.

 

rand-paul-single-mothers (1)The likely 2016 presidential candidate made the remarks Thursday during a luncheon in Lexington, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader, in response to a question about workforce development.

 

He admitted the suggestion, which he did not directly endorse, might be unpopular and difficult to implement.

 

“I don’t know how you do all that because then it’s tough to tell a woman with four kids that she’s got a fifth kid we’re not going to give her any more money,” Paul said. “But we have to figure out how to get that message through because that is part of the answer. Some of that’s not coming from government. It needs to come from ministers and people in the community and parents and grandparents to convince our kids to do something different.”

 

The conservative senator said communities or families should be responsible for the prevention of unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, but he said government policies could discourage unwed mothers from having additional children.

 

“Married with kids versus unmarried with kids is the difference between living in poverty and not,” Paul said.

Speaking to CNN’s Face The Nation, Paul conceded that “government can’t do anything about this, (but) we shouldn’t just give up.” I suppose not giving up gives hope to the right-wing-leaning idiots who find comfort in blaming women for poverty. Of course there’s a direct correlation between single motherhood and poverty with U.S. Census Bureau data as supportive evidence. However, many would argue that unwed mothers hardly exist as the causation. If anything, single mothers in poverty are an example of many of the structural failures as far as policy to why many are trapped in poverty. But hey, if you’re one of those who subscribe to Paul’s reasoning, I’d love to hear your argument. Oh, and when you do, I’d love you to use the U.S. Constitution that Paul cherishes so much to help you do it.

Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday clarified comments he made last week about the government’s role in discouraging women from having children out-of-wedlock as a way to stem poverty.

 

The Republican senator from Kentucky said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he didn’t “come up with a policy prescription,” such as limiting government aid, but rather said it’s up to communities to resolve the problem, which he called the No. 1 cause of poverty in the country.

 

“I mused about how you’d have a government policy, but I actually came down saying it would be very difficult to have a government policy,” the potential 2016 presidential candidate said.

 

“I mostly concluded by saying it’s a community, it’s a religious, it’s a personal problem, but it is a problem,” Paul said.

Let’s overlook the fact that the poverty rate for married couples has been on the rise…

If unwed mothers are the cause of poverty, well, I’d love to hear you explain how they are; and, I would love, love, love to hear you explain just how Paul’s suggested policy proposal could be successfully implemented while not infringing on the constitutional rights of women.

Yes, the floor is yours…