Thursday, December 8, 2005

Giant Douche or Turd Sandwich?

Paul McKeever's letter in the Progressive Post, yesterday:

Re: On Child Care, Harper's Got It Right, Editorial, Dec. 6

"Big government" is defined by how much it takes from our pockets, not by how it spends the loot.

Mr Martin's plan puts daycare workers on the government payroll. Mr Harper's plan puts parents and daycare companies on the government payroll. To the taxpayer, this is a distinction without a meaningful difference. To "get it right", instead of left, one would simply tax us all less.

Paul McKeever, Leader, Freedom Party of Ontario, Oshawa, Ont.
Those of you actually supporting this stuff, looking forward to spending my money on your offspring, are literally cuckoo. Your lifestyle already has a name -- brood parasitism.
Some species of birds thrive not by carefully rearing their own young, but by pawning that task off on adults of other species. The European Cuckoo, whose distinctive call is immortalized in the sound of the "cuckoo clock," is the bird in which this habit has been most thoroughly studied. Female European Cuckoos lay their eggs only in the nests of other species of birds. A cuckoo egg usually closely mimics the eggs of the host (one of whose eggs is often removed by the cuckoo). The host may recognize the intruding egg and abandon the nest, or it may incubate and hatch the cuckoo egg. Shortly after hatching, the young European Cuckoo, using a scoop-like depression on its back, instinctively shoves over the edge of the nest any solid object that it contacts. With the disappearance of their eggs and rightful young, the foster parents are free to devote all of their care to the young cuckoo. Frequently this is an awesome task, since the cuckoo chick often grows much larger than the host adults long before it can care for itself. One of the tragicomic scenes in nature is a pair of small foster parents working like Sisyphus to keep up with the voracious appetite of an outsized young cuckoo.