So let me get this straight. Many parents can't be home with children when they come home at 2:30 and that's bad so instead of giving parents tax breaks or incentives to stay home with their children they decide to spend more taxpayer money to keep schools open 12 months a year and 12 hours a day making it harder for parents to be able to afford to stay home because they have to pay for all these programs.
And didn't you pick up the derisive tone to the whole "Mom there with a peanut butter sandwich" thing? To this administration Mom at home with the peanut butter sandwich is a mockable relic of a bygone era. Do they not realize that still happens in millions of homes across the country every single day. Actually, they do. They just don't like it.
Here's the thing - If you believe Duncan's stated problem is that parents aren't home with kids his solution actually makes no sense as it makes it harder for parents to stay home. So one must figure that the stated problem is not the actual problem. One can only surmise that the government wants less Mom and peanut butter and more government.
And they're willing to use their power to get it.
Yes, that's our Ruling Class at work. That's why parents who pay someone else to look after their children can deduct money from their taxes to offset child care costs, but a married family with a mom at home can't deduct any of the value of mom's full-time care from their taxes.
Because they don't trust us to raise our own children. Anything which doesn't require government intervention, programs, policies, revenues, and the opportunity for increasing power is bad, and ought to be eradicated--even Mom at home with her children.
Remember, it "takes a village to raise a child." More accurately, it takes a policy wonk, a committee, a mandatory after-school program, year-round schooling, politicians and sycophants by the bucket-load, and "child experts" who will explain to dim-witted parents that their deeply-held values and morals are really quite bad for children, and have to be counteracted at every stage of the child's education.
Otherwise, people might grow up to be free, and to expect freedom. And we can't have that.