Sure, I'll Send My Kid to School - Gimme a Fifty
This is just the best.
Seeking new solutions to New York’s vexingly high poverty rates, the city is moving ahead with a bold antipoverty experiment that will pay poor families up to $5,000 a year to meet targets like exemplary school attendance, going for medical checkups or holding down a full-time job, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said today.A bold plan, indeed. Perhaps even audacious. The only redeeming aspect is that it is only experimental at this point and paid by private funds. They'll be evaluating those who receive the incentives against a control group that doesn't. Assuming that these people are not so irredeemably irresponsible that they won't even bring their kids to a doctor for some cash, the program is bound to be judged a "success." Then no doubt public money will fund this disaster. Immigration realist Heather McDonald explains the problem far more eloquently than I could:
"It could destroy the ordinary incentive system that usually motivates people to engage in good" behavior, she said. "You are going to create in people the expectation that they should do such proper things as take their children to school or study only if they are bribed by the government. I think the potential for unintentional consequences for this program are absolutely enormous."But hey, it apparently works in Mexico, so what could be the downside?