Nancy Pelosi Wants Federal Child Care

Nancy Pelosi is hoping to regain her post as Speaker of the House and nationalize child care. I kid you not, she said that she’d like to do for child care what they did for health care. Apparently, she didn’t like being stuck at home with her children when they were little.

Last week, the California congresswoman hit five cities in five days, barnstorming for money to try to win the 25 more seats it would take to regain control. And if that happens — or when, according to her — at the top of her to-do list, she says, will be “doing for child care what we did for health-care reform” — pushing comprehensive change. …

Of the need for child-care legislation, she says, “I could never get a babysitter — have five kids in six years and no one wants to come to your house. . . . And everywhere I go, women say the same thing” about how hard it is to find the kind of reliable care that would make their family lives calmer and work lives more productive. When it comes to “unleashing women” in a way that would boost the economy, she says, “this is a missing link.”

Congress did pass such a bill, in 1971, but President Richard M. Nixon vetoed it because he thought it would undermine families and force them to put children in government-run centers.

Good grief, as if the government doesn’t already have undue influence over our children.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the economy improved enough so more women didn’t have to go to work when they’d rather be home taking care of their children? That certainly won’t happen if the Democrats re-take the House and Obama wins in 2012.

(Cross posted)