Jonathan Butcher

Free Babysitting! Call MSNBC.

Posted on April 17, 2013 | Author: Jonathan Butcher
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Last week, MSNBC began advertising their new, full-time babysitting cooperative. It’s free, and every child is eligible. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said in the ad, “Kids belong to whole communities,” and children should be “everybody’s responsibility, and not just the household’s.”

Quite a generous offer from the station; where do we sign up?

Since Harris-Perry didn’t offer a phone number or address for the drop off location, it doesn’t seem like MSNBC is actually going to take any responsibility. They just wanted you to know it’s a good idea for someone else to take care of your child. In fact, it’s not just a good idea, you should feel obligated to make someone else responsible for raising your children.

I feel better already.

What MSNBC was really trying to say is that we need to spend more money on schools: “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have,” says Harris-Perry. And, she says, once we relinquish responsibility for our children, “we start making better investments.”

Harris-Perry should talk to Holland Hines, one of the moms using an education savings account featured on She has the freedom to choose the best school, tutors, and educational therapists for her son, Elias, who was diagnosed with autism. She knows she has a small window while he is young to get him the best help she can find, and she’s using an education savings account to make the choices she thinks are best.

“There’s a sense of ownership, there’s a sense of engagement” with an education savings account, says Holland. “This empowers not just the parents but the children.”

“This is a phenomenal program…and everybody deserves the chance to have a choice over where their money is going and how it’s being spent for their child’s education,” Holland says.

Harris-Perry may think “children are not our private property,” but I’ll be the one to decide what’s best for my children. And Holland and the 300 other families using an education savings account have decided “ownership” and “engagement” beat the “collective will” of others, somewhere else, making decisions for us.

Learn more:

Ask A Mom Arizona

Goldwater Institute: The Myth of Education Cuts and Why Money Can’t Buy an A+

Huffington Post: Melissa Harris-Perry Stands By Promo: ‘Our children are not our private property’

MSNBC Promo: Melissa Harris-Perry

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