OC Tax Dollars Try to Teach Nitwit Parents How to . . . Parent

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"Tastes good like a taxpayer funded smoke should . . ."
In memorable lines from the mockumentary film Best in Show, a redneck gives his pal, who is getting ready to take a long road trip with his hound dog, sincere advice: "If you're hungry, eat something" and "If you're tired, pull over."

In Orange County, we might add this line, "If you need something, get taxpayers to pay for it."

I don't want to be too dramatic here, but our county board of supervisors is set next week to spend another $120,000 of tax dollars on a program that--you can't make this up--claims to teach lousy parents how to be stellar parents.

Local bureaucrats, who have already spent $240,00 on the program since 2009, say the additional spending is necessary to "empower" parents "to discipline and supervise their children" as a way to combat truancy in public schools.

In a "Parent Empowerment Program (PEP)," officials think they can enlighten bad moms and dads about the importance of making their kids go to school daily, complete homework and avoid illegal drugs.

"PEP teaches parents how to regain control of their child's behavior through clear, direct demand, effective follow through and consistency," according to a mind-numbingly opaque county document that isn't clear or direct. "There is no punishment, consequences, therapy or counseling as there is with traditional parenting programs."

Really?
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So, you're saying send 'em to school?
I know the ounce-of-prevention; pound-of-cure argument: A wee bit of public spending to get parents to do what they're supposed to do ultimately saves taxpayers money if little Johnny and little Rebecca don't become uneducated, unemployed criminals who'll each cost us $47,000 annually for incarceration.

But if nitwit parents need county bureaucrats to teach them elementary common sense in government workshops, then the cause is probably already lost.

That guess is supported by a fact: the county bureaucrats pushing for the program don't mention in their agenda document even a single generic success story in the three-year-old program.

Furthermore, the contract governing the program mandates total secrecy from reporters unless a specific tidbit of information is deemed worthy of public consumption by government bigwigs. 

Perhaps under the leadership of board chairman John Moorlach our county officials want us to take it solely on faith that they know what they're doing.

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26 comments
Briansays
Briansays

tell us again why contraception including first trimester abortions should be outlawednext steprepeal all tax deductions for more than 2 kidsstop subsidizing and enabling the problem

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Great points! People forget how their little bundles of joy are also liabilities for the taxpayers...and the planet! Rich or poor, I really think everyone would benefit from better family planning and smaller families...especially the children! Some people (like me) are simply better off not having kids...but some folks still like to view the voluntarily childless as inherently weird and even wrong. This goes double for the ladies. :-(

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Will they teach them to store their milk in a cool wet sack if a fridge is not available? :-D

But, seriously, is being a good parent simply a matter of being "taught"? I doubt it.

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

Sometimes when I read some if this blogs, some of theopinions are so stupid and full on ineptitude that I can’t help bet but to gooff.  I just want to take back the shittythings I said about you and Jeff, 20ftjesus. But I think Mitch still a ignorant douche with nothing to do.  I hope you get your bicycle back soon fish.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Aww...shucks...I thank you for that. :-D And don't worry about the bike...like Jeff says, I've been offered plenty of rides in the meantime. ;-)

May the force be with you.

Streets
Streets

I love Fish too..................

909Jeff
909Jeff

Damnit! 

I should have read this before I responded like a smart ass above... 

Okay Clean slate... Thank you for your kind words... And Fish Don't "need" a bike... She just likes to ride one every once in a while... 

Who loves ya fish???? Thats right 20footJesus! 

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

LOL  He hasn't taken me up on the steak and BJ yet...he must have been sniffing love powder with Mad Mardigan that day and has now forgotten...;-)

"...'I dwell in darkness without you' and it just went away?!!"

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

They do hire latinos to take care of them.  That was briliant dude!

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

I have no clue Jeff, but I m sure they do get pregnant, they are teens, have reproductive orgas and they lack judgement just like all teens from any culture.  I was hopping Mitch would fill that in for me.

JoeJack
JoeJack

You win comment of the day! "Let's stop the fussin' and'a fighting!"

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Figure out who is being paid to teach/admin the program and you'll find a friend with connections.  

mitch young
mitch young

Whoa, with the long post of the illegal alien smugglers/murderers, and now this bitching about taxpayers' money going to a silly program, I thought I was at the Register.

Streets
Streets

Mitch, OC Weekly finally posted your pic!  

Streets
Streets

At the Young family Re-union!

mitch young
mitch young

Dude, you have a lot of rage. 

I've been doing the Taize chants you can find on Youtube -- might try it, give you some inner peace.

mitch young
mitch young

No, I was born in California, Dominguez Valley Hospital, and moved to OC when I was like 2 months or something.

Streets
Streets

Enough with your shit dude!  Your a red-neck from the Ozarks!!!! and your not living in the O.C. your most likely living in Fontucky!

Streets
Streets

So your an east-coast transplant?  Why you motherfuckers come out west I don't know?  What's the old saying  "Welcome to California now go home!" 

mitch young
mitch young

No, actually my first really traceable ancestor was from Albany, NY.  Then my ancestors went the wrong way. While everyone smart headed west, my Youngs went to Brooklyn and Long Island. My father grew up in an almost all Italian neighborhood. Good cure for Ellis-Island nostalgia. 

mitch young
mitch young

Actually, overall 'Hispanics' have a higher abortion rate than white women -- but I don't know how that breaks out by age group. 

But even if white girls have more abortions, that's their choice and legal right. They won't be saddling the taxpayers with costs and they will themselves be able to get more education and contribute more (on average -- I know there are plenty of 'inspirational stories' about single mothers, etc).

909Jeff
909Jeff

"what do the Anglo teens do when they get pregnant"Hire Latinos to take care of them? 

I dont know I give up what do they do? 

909Jeff
909Jeff

"Like most white Youngs in the US, my family comes from the Western New York/Ohio region"C'mon... You mean Youngstown Ohio was named for you? (cause that place is a Shithole) Probably dont want to claim that... The only place in Ohio that is worse is Stuebenville!

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

Hey Mitch, Have you checked the stats on abortions when white teens (tipical Cheer Leader) gets pregnant by Johny, tipical "Jock." You seem to play this card over and over, I figure you might want to look at that side of the coin.  Latinas keep heir kids. what do the Anglo teens do when they get pregnant?

mitch young
mitch young

Like most white Youngs in the US, my family comes from the Western New York/Ohio region, not the redneck south, not that there's anything wrong with rednecks.

Actually, the picture takes us back to OC Weekly, because surely Moxley knows that this 'parenting' money is not going to the baby Mamas for 'Johnny and Rebecca', but Jose and Yesica -- what with the teen birth rate among 'Latinas' being 4 times higher than that of 'Anglos' in California. (That figure, btw, is higher than any teen pregnancy rate among whites in any state, including Mississippi, Kentucky, etc.

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