The short description in The Times of Bush's child-care proposal must be compared with the Democratic-sponsored Act for Better Child-Care Services bill currently under consideration in Congress. I have some comments and comparisons.
- The Bush proposal does not do anything for single parents who are unemployed. ABC would not discriminate against such persons.
- There is no guarantee that parents with incomes under $10,000 a year would actually use the money for child care.
- Since it would be impractical to enforce the use of the money specifically for child care, the Bush proposal would provide a strong and undesirable incentive for poor families to have large families.