So I’m just plumb out of things to blog about, so I decided to troll the headlines, looking for ideas (because I don’t want to do the laundry), but it was all earthquakes and tsunamis and depressing things like that.  I was really more in the mood to make fun of stuff, but there’s nothing to make fun of right now.  I had to settle for something to make annoyed sounds about.

From the AP:

IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood’s children, Lisa Snyder did a favor for three of her fellow moms, welcoming their children into her home for about an hour before they left for school.

Regulators who oversee child care, however, don’t see it as charity. Days after the start of the new school year, Snyder received a letter from the Michigan Department of Human Services warning her that if she continued, she’d be violating a law aimed at the operators of unlicensed day care centers.

I know.  Outrageous, right?  Well, don’t get too upset because the article goes on to indicate that just about everyone agrees this is the dumbest thing ever, and in fact even the representatives of the totally-overprotective-nanny-state seem to be saying, “Yeah, this is a really dumb law, huh?  Oops.”  So whatever.  I’m not going to get out my lame lame lame lame LAME! stick for this one, since no one seems to be confused about the lameness of the situation and therefore there’s no one to metaphorically beat in the head.  I was just thinking as I read the story, “How on earth did they find out she was watching her neighbors’ kids in the first place?  Someone had to have narced on her, and if so, what was this person’s motivation?”

Well, indeed, DHS was acting on a tip from “a neighbor.”  But that’s all it says.  “A neighbor.”  Which neighbor was this?  The vindictive neighbor whose kids didn’t get invited to Snyder’s pre-bus play group?  The crotchety neighbor who doesn’t appreciate the extra pitter-patter of little feet on Snyder’s driveway at seven in the morning?  (I’m guessing about the time, but it doesn’t really matter as crotchety people never seem to be able to get enough sleep anyway.)  The vengeful neighbor who never forgave Snyder for having his dog put down by the county after it mauled Snyder’s then-three-year-old and got ruled a danger to the community?  A vengeful neighbor with a sense of dramatic irony–the victim of government power manipulates this same power to win justice for his wrongfully-executed pet!

Note:  I made that last thing up out of whole cloth.  I’m grasping at straws here because the newspaper isn’t telling me what I want to know–which is, namely, what kind of jerk turns in a neighbor for babysitting other people’s kids?

As the article pointed out, many people rely on friendly offers such as Snyder’s to “help them balance work and family.”

“The worst part of this whole thing, with the state of the economy … two parents have to work,” said Cowan, a corporate sales representative with a 5-year-old son and 11-month-old daughter. “When you throw in the fact that the state is getting involved, it gives women a hard time for going back to work.”
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So maybe–maybe–the neighbor was some kind of crazed traditionalist (probably Republican) who disapproved of Snyder enabling her friends’ unseemly pursuit of a paycheck when they should have been barefoot and pregnant and watching their own damn kids–in the kitchen!

That seems as likely an explanation as any.  It’s a crazy world, amigos.

Madhousewife is the new Free Childcare That Is Not Technically Childcare Czar for the Obama administration.

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