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Think of the Children!
Posted by: Jon Henke on Tuesday, June 12, 2007

While working in the Senate, I briefly considered trying to enroll my child in the Capitol's day care program. Unfortunately, it was inordinately expensive and had a very long waiting list.

And then there were the arts and crafts projects...
On Friday, director Monica Barnabae sent an e-mail to parents passing along a request from the Speaker’s office. Child care workers were told that staffers were looking for at least five kids to participate in a Green the Capitol press conference on June 21. “The Speaker’s staff would like if each child painted pictures of Green ideas that the Speaker could look at,” the e-mail continued, and parents interested in allowing their child to participate were to contact her.

That plea didn’t sit too well with some parents, particularly the GOP ones, who balked at using the day care to troll for adorable children to adorn what they thought sounded like a Democratic photo-op.
It's not a huge thing and it was opt-in. But still, they're toddlers and preschool kids - they've got no political opinions. This is the Congressional equivalent of your boss's annual "who wants to buy Girl Scout cookies from my kids" drive. Except her kids aren't really Girl Scouts, the benefits don't accrue to the children....and your boss can raise your taxes. (at this point, the analogy may have stretched a bit too far)

On the other hand, perhaps letting my 5 year old participate would have been fun. I would pay good money to see Speaker Pelosi explain to the press how his Star Wars, dinosaurs and guns picture expressed a Green Idea. Good money, indeed.
 
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I think I may be the only one who gets annoyed at the whole ’buy my kids crap for school’ efforts at work. I always refuse to buy from the parents, unless their kids are actually there doing the selling. A polite refusal is all I’ll give them, unless they pester me, then I’ll go into a diatribe about how they are hurting their kids by teaching them that their parents will always do for them so they do not have to learn for themselves.

All that said, I cheerfully buy from the actual Girlscouts that sit outside the grocery store selling their leftover/extra boxes. Buying directly from the kids is what its all about.
 
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