I get a feeling in my gut that this is a very sick idea. That's my emotional response to it. I asked my almost 13 year-old what he thought and without hesitation he said, kids should want to do well anyway.
Isn't paying up to $6,900 a year to dysfunctional families if they get their children to perform at school and look after their health needs, the ultimate in social experiments?
Remember an earlier social experiment when government decided that society should pay single mothers a decent income to stay home and look after their kids - properly. Now we have many more dysfunctional families as a result and we want to intervene on an even greater scale??
Dysfunctional families are already being paid enough to function if they choose to. They choose not to.
Where will it end?
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