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Uh oh. Government bureaucrats want to take control of kidsí summer vacations.
wordpress.com/ ^ | July 18, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill

Posted on 07/18/2012 12:00:40 PM PDT by grundle

According to this article, summer vacation makes children dumber and fatter. The article even goes on to say that it’s the poor and racial minorities who are hit the hardest.

But don’t worry. There’s a proposal to have the federal government get involved to solve this problem. Supporters of the program claim that it would cost less than $2,000 per child per summer. Of course supporters of these kinds of government programs always understate the cost, so I can easily see such a program costing far more than that amount.

Funny, but when I was a child in the 1970s and early 1980s, I never had any trouble coming across reading material. From Judy Blume to Paddington to Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators – from dinosaur books to encyclopedia articles – to Archie comic digests and Richie Rich – even the Sears Christmas Wishbook made for great reading fun. And yet somehow, I managed to have access to all of this reading material without any “help” from the federal government.

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1 posted on 07/18/2012 12:00:46 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
I'm sure they'll come up with a cool name and some snappy uniforms for their summer camps.

Maybe "Obama Youth" could work.

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2 posted on 07/18/2012 12:03:24 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is, it is the only answer.)
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To: grundle

They just want control over American children for 12 months, instead of 10.

Easier to indoctrinate them and all that.


3 posted on 07/18/2012 12:04:45 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: grundle
Well, let's see. To inspire kids who don't care, and guide their parents who don't care, we need to hire a bunch of bureaucrats who don't care either and are just looking for a government paycheck, all in the hopes that someone, somewhere will somehow care.

Gotcha.

4 posted on 07/18/2012 12:04:54 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: grundle

Obama Jugend?


5 posted on 07/18/2012 12:05:42 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: grundle

” but when I was a child in the 1970s and early 1980s, I never had any trouble coming across reading material. “

When I was a child in the 50s and 60s, there were lawns to mow ($2 each - we weren’t union..) and vacant-lot baseball (just a ball, a bat, and shared gloves - no helmets, no umpires, not an adult in sight to ‘supervise’) and riding bicycles without gearing-up like a medieval knight (”be home by suppertime!”)— and outside of the odd policeman waving at us as he drove past, not a gummint official in sight....

(sigh)


6 posted on 07/18/2012 12:11:49 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: 353FMG

Obama Jugend?
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Jug ears Jugend.


7 posted on 07/18/2012 12:12:11 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Bocephus hits a home run! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_vjPqAVzI)
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To: grundle

Isn’t Orzag the same guy who wants to make voting mandatory?


8 posted on 07/18/2012 12:12:48 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: grundle

Parents should help kids find appropriate summer activities. Unfortunately, mam
Many children are let to do whatever they want, and that means tv and video games.

The gvt. should not step in to fill this gap! Parents need to step up and do their job.

As I type this, one ofmy teens is outsmarting, one is touring a nationally know physics lab, and one is working on some math. Yes, we are weird. Our kids actually DO things during vacation!


9 posted on 07/18/2012 12:17:07 PM PDT by freemama
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To: grundle

How about collecting $2,000 less in taxes per child so families might once again be able to afford a family vacation...

Oh, right, forgot, Daddy and Daddy government wants to control this.


10 posted on 07/18/2012 12:21:56 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: grundle

Sigh ... Another reason why we homeschool!


11 posted on 07/18/2012 12:24:19 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ( "Be Breitbart, baby!")
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To: Uncle Ike

Yep, I remember the days when our Moms would literally kick us out of the house with, “I don’t want to see you back here until dinnertime.”


12 posted on 07/18/2012 12:26:15 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: grundle

After reading the Bloomberg article, I reviewed the link for “Smarter Summers”. This organization is providing “quality” summer experiences for children. Here is an example per their own blog:

http://www.smartersummers.org/2012/07/think-together-middle-school-students-re-enact-the-hunger-games/

Summary: Students reenacting scenes from the movie “The Hunger Games”. I have no doubt this will close the academic gap for STEM classes. /s


13 posted on 07/18/2012 1:39:00 PM PDT by ruralvoter
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When I was a kid, my friends and I used to do that sort of thing - but we never needed any bureaucrats to “help” us.


14 posted on 07/18/2012 2:57:30 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Little Obama brown shirt training sessions! Don’t let ‘em do it!


15 posted on 07/18/2012 3:07:24 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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