This year’s health and education legislation is beginning to reveal a little more of the intended goals of the Affordable Care Act as well as the Common Core Standards.
Eight out of thirteen so-called health or education related Democrat sponsored bills, touted as providing future great learning and employment benefits to low-income children, have passed their first committee in the California state legislature totally unopposed.
The very legislators who have authored and or voted for the following list of bills to provide services to children in low-income or single parent families are the same ones who vigorously endorse abortion for the very babies they would now profess to “help.”
What is the great benefit to be derived for Transitional Kindergartners (4 year olds): state department of education and health takeover of infant child care and training for jobs for their parents?
As Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, (D-80) stated in her bill AB 1516: Public Social Services: Diapers: “I believe every child deserves a clean diaper.”
“Every parent of an infant deserves to have a diaper changing table within instant reach wherever he or she needs one,” declared (former Senator now resident of the state, Ron Calderon, SB1042, Food Facilities: Toilet Rooms: Baby Changing Tables, before he left the building. (endorsed by Equality California).
Yet, a third legislator wants parents to know that their 3 and 4 year olds will not have to sit in soiled diapers while on a local community field trip nor will parents with very low incomes have to pay the going rate for their young child to attend a field trip. See: http://www.edweek.org/media/middleburyinteractive_final_pdf.pdf
Here is a statement on the website of the California Catholic Conference extolling the legislature for it’s support of “education and tax relief” bills:
Thank you for your ongoing support of the series of innovative tax policy proposals that would empower parents as well as teachers to care for their own school children's learning needs, inspire greater charitable contributions to expand local resources in K-12 education, and encourage greater savings for kindergarten through college.
This whole set of bills is part of the Unmet Diaper Needs Financing Fund. This will become an amendment to the Welfare to Work Article created to assist the clients in the Calworks program. See: http://www.helpamotherout.org/2014/04/07/ab1516hearingapril8/
The entity to receive the greatest benefit from this is the diaper manufacturing industry. If the government starts outright purchasing bulk loads of diapers or underwriting the cost of purchase diaper prices will become beyond means of most parents.
Mothers may all have to go back to cloth diapers!!! I don’t know where we would get them, out of museums, I imagine?
But that’s not all the ways low-income people will be “helped.” That great benefactor, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, unconsolable over the lack of rain in our state and the resulting state of our dirty clothes has offered up AB 769: (and given it a terribly clever title after it was amended 4 times) The Sales and Use Taxes: Exemption: Clothes Washers. She is promoting a tax exemption for businesses that promote and sell or use in their businesses “efficient” washing machines. To her this is a major health and ecological boon. This bill has not only passed its first committee, it is headed for the Senate side of funland. It’s supported by six lobby groups and opposed by 27 others.
Why did she leave out dishwashing machines?
But, wait, lest we forget about the somewhat older child, Assembly member Kevin Mullin, (D-22) has searched deep within his emotions and offered up AB 1502, CalWorks: Family Unity Act of 2015. This bill supported by the California Catholic Conference, the California Partnership, a large lobby conglomerate of stakeholder organizations, and the every present Western Center on law and Poverty, among others, declares that: “a child is deprived of parental support or care, and is therefore eligible to receive assistance, due to the unemployment, underemployment, or low wages of his or her parent[.]”
This is designed more to discourage initiative and promote a need for security that only the government handout can provide. If the family income rises above a certain level the kid and the family lose their government taxpayer driven income and the family is right back where it started.
Now we turn to another segment of that greatly disadvantaged populace: the so-called LGBT community.
AB1951, Jimmy Gomez,(D), 916-319-2051/fx916-319-2151, Vital Records: Birth Certificates. This would amend birth certificates to reflect, according to the head of Equality California, the sponsor of the bill, the "current realities of the modern family." Would expand the categories of mother/father as currently listed on birth certificates, to reflect the "parents" gender preferences, i.e. a male "mother" or a female "father" or two "fathers" or two "mothers."
Not to be outdone, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, (D-LA) soon to be Assembly Speaker replacing John Perez, (D-LA) has authored AB 1577, Certificates of Death: Gender Identity. AB 1577, Toni Atkins. (D-S.D.) Ph:916/319-2078/Fx:916/319-2178. This bill would authorize death certificates to be modified to match the desired gender of the deceased rather than the male or female designation with which the person was born. Advocates for the bill include: Equality California and Transgender Law Center and the ACLU, among others.
Both of these bills, AB 1577 and AB 1951 have passed their house of origin on partisan votes. One of the favorable arguments states that the UCLA Williams Institute study from 2008 estimates that 0.3% of adults are transgender.
The UC-Berkeley Gender Equity Resource Center in its endorsement defines transgender as: “people are those whose psychological self (gender identity) differs from the social expectations for the physical sex they were born with.”
The next five bills deal with oversight of and assistance to facilities providing services to the elderly. In other words, an aggressive continuation of encouragement to sign up for palliative care only, or appoint residential advisory counsels with stakeholders participating plus expanded hours of government designated training for employees.
* AB 1570, Wes Chesbro, (D-Eureka), Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly. 916-319-2002/Fx 916-319-2102. This would require facility employees to acquire 100 hours of training, at least 40 of which are in person, to work with residents. No stipulation as to of what the training consists.
While we do care very much about the adequacy of training for those who work with the frail elderly our concern here focuses on just what this so-called training might be. We know that the euthanasia promoting group Compassion and Choices along with all those agencies supporting palliative-care-only such as Hospice, are encouraging their personnel to be trained in counseling facility residents and their families to encourage the signing of POLST forms. This form heavily promoted by the death and dying industry is little more than an upgraded DO-NOT-RESUSCITATE mandate. This is considered health care cost savings.
Of the 100 plus groups listed as endorsing this bill, 51 are actually branches of various mega-industry for-profit elder care facilities so the actual support for this bill isn’t as large as the listing would make it seem. However, only three groups oppose this bill.
Another bill on relatively the same subject is SB 911, by Sen. Marty Block, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly.
Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, along with Senator Lois Wolk who both appear to have assumed the role of designated end-of-life cheerleaders are carrying at least four (4) bills on this subject, AB 1571, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly: Licensing, AB 1572, Elderly Residential Care Facilities: Councils, and AB 2139, End-of-Life Care: Patient Notification and, maybe the most dangerous one by Wolk, SB 728, Long Term Care Facilities: Health Care Decisions. This latter one is the POLST form and its aggressive promotion to elder care facility residents.
California’s legislators are moving into the role of micro-managers of our daily lives, education and employment. Along the way they are collecting data on all aspects of our daily lives and how we live them and providing this information to community organizers and service providers while denying us the right to know what it being done with this data.
There was an item in the news recently of a father desirous of knowing what the school was doing with the data collected on his child who was told that it would cost him $10,000 to find that out because the electronic data gathering system wasn’t equipped to pull out individual records.
Schools are permitted to refer our sons and daughters to health care providers and mental health counselors without parental knowledge or consent. They can create an educational/workforce training program for them, establish a nutrition program for them. There is, once again, talk about extending the school day and year because kids are left on their own too much and they lose educational goals attained during the current school year.
Schools want to become the day care provider for your toddlers and infants, take them around the community and neighborhoods and introduce them to the diversity of life, occupations and social lifestyles.
In other words, the village is raising the child, the multitude of caretakers are earning a living, the community change agents are thriving and all of it at the expense of the family child relationship.
Spero columnist Camille Giglio resides in California.