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Los Angeles May Pay Parents to Take Care of Own Kids

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Los Angeles May Pay Parents to Take Care of Own Kids

In my kooky city of La-La Land, county officials say they’re considering putting unemployed parents to work… by paying them to care for their own young children.

Um, okay.

Yes, to minimize the impact of other welfare cuts, they are proposing to expand subsidized child-care payments to jobless parents.  County officials say the move to expand these payments to thousands of welfare-recipient parents — allowing them to stay home and tend to their children under six years old full-time — would cost less than what the government is now paying for the children’s day care necessitated by welfare rules mandating parents take job training classes and search for jobs.

And if these payments AND real jobs* don’t pan out for the parents, they can always become bloggers.

*A dig at us bloggers.  Not stay-at-home parents.  Clarification provided by The Laughing Stork’s Please Don’t Clog My In-Box with Angry E-mails Department.

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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