President Biden wants to add to his tab another $1.8 trillion for his “American Families Plan.” That sounds good. Who would dare be opposed to helping American families? The question, though, is whether this measure would help families or replace them with the federal government. Especially when it comes to raising children.
The proposal would create universal pre-kindergarten for 3 and 4 year-0lds. If states didn’t want to do this, the federal government would send money directly to the schools. And if that isn’t early enough for the government to take charge of children, the measure would also provide free child care for low-income parents and subsidize it so that middle class parents would have to pay no more than 7% of their income for that service. And on the other end, the American Families Plan also will provide for two years of free community college.