"...Many states have broad statutes requiring 'any person' to report.
* Extent of the knowledge triggering the duty to report varies. Some
statutes call for reporting upon a mere 'reasonable cause to believe'
or a 'reasonable suspicion.' Other statutes require the reporter to
'know or suspect,' which is a higher degree of knowledge.
* Failure to report suspected child abuse can result in criminal
liability, although the liability is typically a misdemeanor punishable
by a fine.
* Failure to report can result in civil liability..."
Rest of article:
I think you're "projecting".
"According to a recent UNICEF report on child well-being the United
States... ranked lowest among rich nations with respect to the well
being of their children."
I hardly watch tv, and I speak and write English. How about you? (Not
that it's any of my business, mind you.)
Why even bother being on here and chatting with 'people'-- a community
so to speak-- and blasting the US government (notice I didn't write
'your' government) and practically "everything else under the sun" if
you're into minding your own business? Wow. It seems kind of ironic and
contradictory... and hardly lends itself well to my sense that you might
somehow create a better world than what we now have.
Perhaps your apparent attitudes and values you've expressed over the
years-- unstandardized education, child "neglect", uncontrolled private
weaponry, land-ownership and markets-- speaks closer to the dialect than
you realize of a government you apparently love to hate.
If you want to be flippant, disingenuous or cryptic, that's your
prerogative, and, again, seems along the lines of some of the values or
modus operandi of your very own pet-peeve of a government.
Dictatorships and the like come and go, but their core values, attitudes
and styles remain.
More to the point, if someone is beating and otherwise abusing a dog or
cat, is it anyone's business? Is it anyone's business if, for example,
Michael Vick was running a dog-fighting ring? If so, why? THe dogs are
his property, after all.
If it is someone else's business, then why is it "nobody's business" if
someone is harming their children? I don't mean giving their kid a pop on
the butt once in a while; I mean beating with belts and sticks, neglecting,
keeping ignorant so as to try to maintain dominance, and so on.
Well, I guess I just think that it's worthwhile to teach kids toread and
write. I know how hard it is to overcome parental resistance to
education, and how much of a good start good education can be (again, not
saying the source is, or has to be, the public warehouse). I personally
think that parents who block the development (including education) of a
child are committing abuse, a vie rooted in my personal experience,
because it *does* impinge upon so many areas of life.
Minding one's own business is fine, but to just leave kids to suffer the
consequences of parental shitheadedness is IMO at best hard-hearted, but
it also is short-sighted. To say much more, I'd have to go into the
reasons for my view, which reasons are largely (1) personal expereince,
and (2) observation of other people I've known. I really do not want to
get into all of that, for reasons that ought to be obvious, but suffice
it to say that I'm not merely making stuff up as I go along - when I say
that lack of education, or poor education, and parental neglect impact
not only the adults whom the children gorw up to be, but also the society
in which they live.
But it;s late right now and I'm too tired to continue ...gotta get some
THe argument is probably something like, "Poor people need food,
transportation, soap, and clothing as well as do rich people".
What always gets swept aside is the fact taht in all of those areas, once
can choose whether to be frugal, average, or extravagent in their
spending. I recall a news story a year or two ago, where we were all
supposed to feel sorry for some doood who was "struggling" to pay to put
ever-more-expensive gasoline into his $750/month-payment 9MPG mega-truck
- the fool was unemployed and living with Mommy and Daddy. No pity from
me (driver of old 29MPG - yes, I check it periodically - basic Saturn).
Price is sometimes, but not always, an indicator of quality or origin.
THose expensive "designer" duds are typically made in the same third-
world sweatshop as the cheaper jecns, it's just that they have someone's
name plastered across the ass. Everyone has a choice re: what they want
to pay for.
"Choice" meats have less fat (ergo are healthier) than are Grade A to AAA
meats - choice. You can pay for nutrition, or fat - choice. Same with
"fast food" - pay for convenience, or pay for quality/nutrition - choice.
Toll roads that are decently maintained (here, called the "Lexus Lanes"
by various nitwits) versus slower roads paid for by "the gov.t" (i.e.
taxes, i.e., you and me) - choice.
We all have freedom to choose how we'll use our income. People with
lower income have mroe restricted choices, but for most, there
nevertheless *are* choices.
What pisses me off is being robbed to support other people's stupid
choices and general ineptitude...tho' it also pisses me off when chouice
is destroyed by a few fatasses who are basically just running their
companies, and possibly the eeconomy, into the ground out of psychotic
levels of greed that exceed a healthy desire to make a profit.
I think they used to be (one-room schoolhouse model, where teachers were
actually expected to know something, and pass knowledge on to the
children), and the bureaucracy took over education. Bureaucracy, in th
eend, exists mainly to exist, and remain in existence - things like
education or public policy, etc., are mere side effects (when they happen
Education - not mere memorization of facts, but learning how to think and
reason - is not a social rogram (such as welfare), it is a necessary
element to democracy. Democracy depends upon people understanding the
decisions they need to make. Education is an investment. The ignorenti
cannot make the sorts of decisions that maintain liberty - only people
lifted out of ignorance can do so.
Public works tend to be a matter for the communities which they'd affect.
I'm a bit offended I'm not allowed to...
Actually, the Constitution expressly permits me to bear arms--and it
doesn't qualify what type. It is also clear (from those who wrote it)
that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to ensure the people have the
ability to overthrow the government if it becomes tyrannical. From this
it would also follow that the people then have the right to bear
whatever arms the government may also have so that an adequate defense
may be made.
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