I heard Governor Kulongoski this morning once again talking about how "head start prevents crime." Also how "spending money saves money." (I'll leave the second statement to the collection agencies)
I'm sure that full day kindergarten also "prevents crime" in the opinion of Kulongoski.
Now before you lemmings jump on and say that this isn't the "opinion" of Kulongoski, that there was an "actual report" released, I would point to who did the report: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.
Their "plan" involves government being involved in every aspect of parenting, or simply outright trying to be the parents. I don't need a government beauracrat coming to my house to "coach" me on being a parent. I don't need my kids spending 10 hours a day in government run institutions. (including during the summer)
These trolls want your kids FROM BIRTH.
And I don't need your stupid statistics on how government programs keep these kids out of jail. You want more that a statistic, you want something tangible? Then go down to your local county jail and survey the inmates with one question: are your parents married?
Then when you find out that 99% don't have a married biological mother and father maybe you should re-evaluate your constant trashing of the traditional family. (Oh c'mon Daniel that doesn't really happen... example: Metro councilor Robert Liberty "Ozzie is dead, and Harriet is a working mom. What we need are homes for single-parent families who want to live near where they work, shop and go to school.") [note: I trashed Liberty and his liberal utopia pretty well didn't I?]
Maybe instead of trying to replace the family with government you should get the heck out of the way of us raising our kids!
Suggested follow up survey at the local jail: Do you regularly attend Church? (guessing that people who do attend regularly aren't in jail or prison, maybe the "invest in kids" group could bus "disadvantaged youth" to a neighborhood church for Sunday service and Youth Group.)