He seems to strongly believe that rural working poor people don’t love their children so much as see them a walking government checks, which makes his proposal—cutting off help for people raising severely disabled children and rerouting it to non-profits that tell parents to read to their children—hard to understand. If you have so little regard for your children you would force them to be illiterate to get a government check, why would you listen to some social worker telling you to read to your kids? If you care so little for your children that you willingly destroy their future to get checks until they’re 18, I wouldn’t trust you to even speak to Save the Children, much less let them in your home. It’s almost as if Kristof doesn’t actually believe that the working poor are as bad as he claims they are, but is simply pretending to believe that in order to excuse cutting off their aid.

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