Just in time for Father’s Day, the Obama administration has announced an $800,000 grant available to a college or university to come up with a way to teach poor men how to be something more than baby-daddies.
The Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families grant announcement at grants.gov seeks a “State-controlled institution of higher education” to create a “multi-year plan … to disseminate information about good fatherhood parenting practices by building research and practice knowledge and capacity … to increase positive father involvement in the lives of their children …”
It’s called the Responsible Fatherhood Research Network. And it aims to teach men to be, in a word: fathers.
Did it escape anyone’s notice at HHS – the folks who are bringing us Obamacare in six months – that the human race has somehow managed to do this for 50,000 years or so — without government programs?
To add insult to insult, the grant announcement states the program “will be expected to have a primary focus on economically disadvantaged fathers and families and other under studied population groups.”
Leaving aside whether any group of people can truly be called “under studied” in the liberal balkanization of modern America, if Mitt Romney or any other Republican had spoken about the “economically disadvantaged” needing to be taught how to “increase positive father involvement in the lives of their children” he would have been branded a racist for speaking in “dog whistles.”
When Kathleen Sebelius’ HHS does it, it’s called governing.
In the spirit of the coming Father’s Day though, take it at face value and be grateful that, at only $800,000, the whole things seems kind of cheap as government programs go.
And that only highlights the real worth of fatherhood: Priceless.
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