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T Is For Tyrant

Well, I've been doing a lot of thinking about the idiot girls of Gloucester, Massachusetts who got together and decided to all get pregnant while still in high school. And the more I think about them, the more my blood pressure rises. So, in the interests of saving myself an aneurysm, I'm going to just let fly with my purest, uncensored fury.

For just a little while, I wish I was Supreme Dictator. And I would take those girls in Gloucester and make of them an example for the nation.

First up, I'd take every single member of the school system there who talked about how their little pact is because of inadequate access to birth control and ban them from ever working with minors ever again. These girls had all the technical information they needed about sex -- they knew exactly how pregnancy occurs, and did everything they could to facilitate it. You could have given them each a thousand condoms, offered them cases of pills, enough IUDs to dam a river, and it would not have done a damned bit of good. They WANTED to have unprotected sex because they KNEW that that was the only way to get pregnant, and they WANTED to get pregnant. Those alleged "educators" are so stupid (or ideologically blinded, which is much the same) to be allowed anywhere near children.

Next, I'd sit those girls down and explain the REAL facts of life to them. That our welfare system is intended (at least under my dictatorship) to help those who need help, not those who choose to put themselves at a disadvantage. If they were counting on the government (i.e., everyone else) to pick up the tab for their choices, they were woefully mistaken.

Historically, the biggest bargaining chip for security has been freedom. So if they want absolute security, they need to absolutely surrender their freedom.

And years ago, David Gerrold gave what I have learned is the best definition of "freedom:" "the right to be responsible for your actions."

These girls have shown absolutely no interest in being responsible for their actions. So let's lift that burden off their tender young shoulders, and simply tell them how things are going to be for them in exchange for the security and support they want.

Pregnant women have three choices: abortion, deliver and give up for adoption, or deliver and keep the baby. In each case, I would tell them precisely what my dictatorship was prepared to do if they sought any assistance.

If they want an abortion, fine. We'll pay for it. But at the same time, they will also be sterilized. Once they turn 21, they can have it reversed, but until they reach that age, they will NOT be getting pregnant again.

If they want to give the baby up for adoption, that's fine, too. We'll pick up the tab for their prenatal care and delivery expenses. But once the baby's born, it's taken away and given to a truly deserving set of parents who are prepared to love AND PROVIDE FOR the baby. The mother will -- as above -- be sterilized (tubal ligation or implant) and not be allowed to be fertile again until she turns 21.

If they want to keep the baby, that's fine, too. But they will do so without a single penny of public support. We, the taxpayers, were not consulted prior to their very conscious, deliberate, and willful decisions to get pregnant, and my dictatorship hates faits accompli. If it was an "accident," then we might see our way to helping them out. But this was no "oops," this was planned. And if part of their planning was counting on us to pick up the tab for them, then they should have told us beforehand.

I'm fairly certain that a healthy factor in these girls' decisions was that they could count on the government to pick up a good chunk of the tab for them. Free health care, child care at the school, welfare, and the like -- they won't ever see most of the expenses behind their decision.

It's simple economics. The government has put itself in the business of paying people to have children they can't support on their own. And it's a fundamental principle of economics that whatever you subsidize, you get more of.

Well, this is simply the most flagrant example I've ever seen of that principle in action. We are literally getting precisely what we've been paying for.

Well, in my dictatorship, we have a few rules. And one of the biggies is that "if you take the King's gold, you play the King's tune." All government money comes with strings, but in my dictatorship you're never allowed to forget for an instant they are there. I make damned sure that you know precisely what you're getting, and what you're giving up in return.

If you choose to make the government financially responsible for the support of your children, that's just fine. But you forfeit much of your rights in the process.

No, that's not quite right. You don't forfeit them. You've sold them. Because if we're paying for it, then we're going to protect our investment and make damned sure we don't cost us a single penny more than absolutely necessary.

No, this would not be my policy across the board. But in the case of the Gloucester Gimme Girls, their offenses are so egregious that they NEED the most draconian response. Unless they're ready, willing, and prepared to go completely independent of the government -- relying solely on themselves, their family, and (if they can be identified) the sperm donors who they got to knock them up) for support for themselves and their children, then they need to "pay" somehow for all the money they're looking to collect from you and me.

To quote another science fiction author, the late, great Robert Heinlein, "TANSTAAFL." "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch." Here's the check, girls. You wanna pay it, or work it off washing dishes?

Because I'm not picking it up this time.

Part 87 in a series of "Why Jay Tea Should Never Be Entrusted With Any Real Power"


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Comments (16)

I have a number of question... (Below threshold)

I have a number of questions about these girls that, for some unknown reason, the media are not asking.

Are they all black/white/mixed/or just a loose group?

Where are the parents and why have none been interviewed or questioned?

I have a real problem getting my mind around this group and how they decided such an example of complete idiocy. Are they students who were failing or likely to drop out, or...less likely...honor students.

What the hell would their r... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

What the hell would their race have to do with it, Duke?

The soft racism of low expe... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

The soft racism of low expectations.

Of course, that likely does... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Of course, that likely doesn't matter. Low expectations is the new norm.

An individual teacher may h... (Below threshold)
Rance:

An individual teacher may have contact with a student 1 hour a day, 5 or less days a week, in a situation where the teacher student ratio is maybe 25:1. The parents have had contact with these kids for 17 years.

Why is all your outrage leveled at the school and the government, and not at the parents?

Rance, two reasons.<p... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Rance, two reasons.

These girl 'networked' or organized through school. This is a valid reason to examine the teachers.

The second, school/government feels freer than ever to insert itself in today's parenting in a broad spectrum of ways from sex education to interfering with parental discipline to providing abortions without parental notification. Its wrong. But since they do, they shouldn't get to walk away when it gets ugly.

But ultimately, it does fall on the parents. As for the schools, they don't share the culpability. They have a culpability all their own.

Two reasons, Rance.<p... (Below threshold)

Two reasons, Rance.

1) One of the articles I read quoted a school official talking about contraception, and that set me off. I haven't seen word one from a parent.

B) By law, we can forbid people from being teachers or working in schools. It's considerably harder to get them to stop being parents.

J.

Completely implausible, of ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Completely implausible, of course, but I like to imagine a society where people have to pass tests before being granted a license to procreate.

Jay Tea,You are su... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Jay Tea,

You are such a softie!

I would have given them no such choice. I would tell them that they are keeping the babies, they are raising them, they are NOT getting a dime from welfare, they will be sterilized until they are 21, and they can expect weekly vists from children's services to make certain that they are living up to the responsibilities of the actions they have chosen. If they for any reason fail to live up to their responsibilities, then the babies will be given up for adoption and the girls will be forced to repay the state any costs incurred in pre-natal care and day care up until those girls are 21.

These girls have demonstrated monumental stupidity. There should be monumental consequenses.

-syb

"They WANTED to have unprot... (Below threshold)

"They WANTED to have unprotected sex because they KNEW that that was the only way to get pregnant"

Well, that's not exactly accurate. Unprotected sex isn't the only way to get pregnant. I personally know several women who got pregnant during protected sex.

Yeah. Nits, I pick 'em.

"I wish I was Supreme Dicta... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"I wish I was Supreme Dictator...I'd sit those girls down and explain..."-jt

You have just flunked out of Tyrant School on your first imaginary day.
Student Counselor Academy awaits. Correction: EVILLL Student Counselor Academy.

"T Is For Tyrant"-jt

Here's my seminal T post. (Seminal: get it?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEIBmGZxAhg

For just a little while... (Below threshold)
Linoge Author Profile Page:

For just a little while, I wish I was Supreme Dictator.

Hell, on that post alone, I would vote for you getting the position. Or, at least, support you, since you do not really vote for dictators...

This Glouscester High Schoo... (Below threshold)
Tye:

This Glouscester High School teen pregnancy pact sure sounds like your typical "self-destructive" behavior seen by young people as a society becomes more of a social state and less is expected of them by society. These kids all know that the government will pay for all the costs of their pregnancies and their baby's care till the babies grow up at age 18. You see, these kids really don't see any consequences to having a baby. Call it a tragedy, but I live in New Orleans, and very few pregnant mothers get married down here (even when they live with the father) because they'll lose their government benefits. The liberals WANT a dependent citizenry so they just give out the checks. No questions asked. If you don't believe me, then ask ANYONE from New Orleans about the "baby mama scam!"

Supreme Dictator,O... (Below threshold)
Gale Munden:

Supreme Dictator,

One question to you in punishing these young women by your means including sterilization what would your suggestion be for the males who for some reason FAIL to be held responsibile for their part in the equation. Seems they just walk away going on to greener pastures...other girls getting pregnant by these carefree, unpunished males, after all their lives don't change in any way.

If there were consequences on the males side there might be less pregnancies...but they are somehow overlook just as they were in the past...boys will be boys??? Same old male thoughts coming from you these young girls are soley responsible for getting themselves pg.

Last time I checked it took TWO!

Gale

For just a little ... (Below threshold)
atheist:
For just a little while, I wish I was Supreme Dictator. And I would take those girls in Gloucester and make of them an example for the nation.

Thankfully though, you will remain politically powerless for the rest of your life.

yeah, i'd like to know what... (Below threshold)
C:

yeah, i'd like to know what you think the fathers' role in all this is.

not to mention the fact that the "pregnancy pact" story is quickly appearing to be just a rumor.

and this:

"I'm fairly certain that a healthy factor in these girls' decisions was that they could count on the government to pick up a good chunk of the tab for them. Free health care, child care at the school, welfare, and the like -- they won't ever see most of the expenses behind their decision."

DO YOU KNOW ANY TEENAGERS? you've got to be kidding me. as if their thought processess even GOT that far.

btw, girls have been getting knocked up in high school since WAY before the advent of sex education. correlation is not causation.




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