Susan L.M. Goldberg writes on PJMedia:
A scathing report, highlighted in the UK Daily Mail, details the findings of the Institute of Economic Affairs regarding Britain’s universal free childcare program. The bottom line: researchers have concluded that a government-funded, government-mandated universal daycare and pre-K program has done nothing more than bankrupt the middle class while failing to serve the country’s poor. What’s worse, government involvement has led to excessive regulation that not only drives up programming costs, but limits parental choice when it comes to how they would like to care for and educate their own children.
Goldberg suggests that universal pre-K plans have “everything to do with providing glorified daycare services so that parents can go to work.” That’s only partly true. Such programs also have to do with creating more unionized jobs that rely on government mandates and subsidies.
We’ve reached the point that government is acting entirely as a self-interested business, using its metastasizing ability to tell people what to do and how to live (backed by its authority to tax, jail, and kill) to generate business for itself, in a cycle of kickbacks and political quid pro quo. In the name of doing good, by providing services that it insists people need, too-big government is undermining the very things that define good in life, from freedom to family.