Response to Noble

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Response to Phil Noble Guest Editorial

Dear Ms. Watts:

This letter is in response to Mr. Phil Noble’s article “More babies are dying in SC.”

Mr. Noble’s veiled agenda surfaces after some inflammatory rhetoric. In short, his comments suggest a socialistic point-of-view for solving the high Black infant mortality rate in South Carolina. He provides some “facts” to support his argument that Republicans have been insensitive to this issue, and I would like to offer some facts as counter-point to his premise.

He goes on to suggest, not surprisingly, that more money and government intervention – of course, under the leadership of Democrats, is the “sure-fire” solution. Let’s see if that is true!

Beginning with President Lyndon Johnson, Democrats, but Republicans at times, have continually called for ever increasing amounts of money for correcting social problems associated with poverty particularly in the Black community.

Well, after 50 years, and trillions of dollars, our students are dumber than ever and other social problems continue to be a scourge. For a reality check of how money is spent [thrown away] on public schools and the dismal return for the tax dollar, see http://www.edchoice.org/CMSModules/EdChoice/FileLibrary/931/The-School-Staffing-Surge--Decades-of-Employment-Growth-in-Americas-Public-Schools.pdf.

Mr. Noble appears to recommend government intervention into the lives of children beginning at (gulp) age zero. Since 1965, the government program that has gobbled up huge amounts of money in an effort to assist disadvantaged children with having greater success succeeding in life is the Head Start program. While the program has been very successful with gobbling up taxpayer dollars, its results are questionable.

A Google search will provide the reader with numerous studies that cast this program in a positive light or as a bust.

The reader can decide, but since I believe Head Start doesn’t justify the huge amounts of money spent on this program due to marginal results, I offer http://www.newsmax.com/DrewJohnson/Head-Start-Children-Taxpayers/2013/02/14/id/490408 and http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323495104578314552761070738 as two examples to support my point-of-view.

A different solution from Mr. Noble’s “more spending and more government intrusion” might be found in the “healthy behaviors” suggested at the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s website found at http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/infantmortality.htm.

I suggest that more government and money isn’t solution for the problem of infant mortality. Instead, I suggest that stable families are the answer wherein “healthy behaviors” are recognized, followed and taught to children by their father and mother.

Fatherless homes have become the disturbing norm in many Black communities due to welfare programs that financially favor single parent households and out-of-wedlock births but do little to encourage living responsible lives. See http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1672

Mr. Noble, all Americans agree that the high infant mortality in the Black community is a tragedy, but many of us disagree that more money and government intervention is the answer because, again, 50 years of government welfare has only made the problem/s worst.

Instead, we need to revisit our welfare system and refine it to strengthen the possibility of children being reared in a family wherein his or her everyday activities are guided by a loving father and mother in the home.

Michael Greenstreet

Blue House Road


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