Ron DeSantis blames child care crisis on mothers having to work

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'It used to be, you could support a family on a single income.'

Ron DeSantis says so-called “child care deserts” wouldn’t exist if mothers could afford to be home with their kids like in the old days.

“It used to be, you could support a family on a single income,” DeSantis said, so that “parents have options in terms of what they want to do.”

“I mean, like for me, most people, they have to juggle all this just to make ends meet. That’s not a good economy for the middle class,” said DeSantis, a millionaire who lives in state-provided housing and is insulated from economic variables like the property insurance crisis.

DeSantis said that regarding the issue of child care deserts, the federal government had a limited role. He said he might consider “tax credits.”

The Governor made the comments at a town hall in Panora hosted by Never Back Down, his supportive super PAC.

Florida is not immune from these issues. Even before the pandemic, nearly two out of five children lived in areas where child care was hard to access. Meanwhile, 51% of children nationwide face the same problem.

A.G. Gancarski

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  • Ocean Joe

    August 11, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    So this explains why Florida is kicking more children off Medicaid than any other state.

  • SteveHC

    August 11, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Of COURSE DeSantis would be desiring to push us back into the 1940’s or ‘50’s, the idiot thinks that’s what everyone wants – women forced to be full-tim3 homemakers and men to be out earning the money for the family. Moron’s in favor of literally cutting the American workforce down to half its current size while at the same time forcing families into poverty while concentrating even MORE money into FEWER hands. Either has no brains or evil intentions.

  • Bwj

    August 11, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    He has no clue. My parents both worked from when I was a little kid. Both were teachers and my father supplemented his pay by coaching. My wife and I were both college professors and wouldn’t have survived on one paycheck.

  • My Take

    August 12, 2023 at 1:01 am

    Big business sending America’s industrial ecomomy “offshore” had nothing to do with it, eh DeSSpicable?

  • PeterH

    August 12, 2023 at 1:20 am

    He’s Soooooo out of touch!

  • Jessica

    August 12, 2023 at 4:48 am

    I totally agree, It’s a serious issue. If more of us could afford life on one income a lot would change for our future generations. Children need the love, support and guidance from their parents. If we were there to teach and raise them up right think about how much better the mental health issues would be. When we have children it is our responsibility to prepare them to be set free one day into this world to succeed in every way possible. This is not a matter of going back to the 40’s or 50’s, it’s not what he is referring to. We need to stop reacting out of emotions and negativity and really take a minute to think for ourselves about these issues. We can not change anything if we can not identify what needs to change. Pay attention to your thoughts and negativity, that is what you are allowing to drive you and your children. 🙏

    • Ocean Joe

      August 12, 2023 at 6:17 am

      Do children deserve decent health care or not?
      Does fighting medicaid eligibility help?
      Does crippling the unemployment fund’s accessability help?
      Does willful ignorance of a warming planet help children?

      Pay attention to what the Republican party has become.

    • Javier Delgado

      August 12, 2023 at 6:55 am

      Let me guess. You do not have children.

    • Teresa

      August 12, 2023 at 9:26 am

      Jessica, if we want to have a single paycheck family again, companies will need to pay the breadwinner at least double what they’re giving now.

    • Angie

      August 12, 2023 at 10:09 am

      So what you are saying is that women are not as worthy as men in their pursuit of a career? We need to prepare our young girls to learn to be subservient to males? How draconian.

    • Katherine

      August 12, 2023 at 10:20 am

      Yes it’s very true , you are an ass kissing an ass. DeSantis wants us back into women having no rights. You need to do your research and read what this man is trying to do. He is an embarrassment to America. But you die hard republicans, don’t care, as long as he’s a republican you’re going to vote for all the dictators . Has nothing about what’s good for the country, it’s just republicans v.s. Democrats. I thought it was supposed to be what’s good for the United States people, well that’s not what is happening.

    • SBG

      August 12, 2023 at 12:06 pm

      It’s been well documented that single income households leave the non-working parent at an economic disadvantage, whether it is being vulnerable to financial abuse by the parent making the income or less viable to find work if the working parent dies. Further DeSantis is a hypocrite because we all know Casey is spending her days managing his career, so clearly she works. So in the future, pay attention to your lack of reasoning. It’s not a good look.

    • HomerJSimpson

      August 12, 2023 at 1:03 pm

      Lol, Jessica,
      So besides Ron’s platitudes, what are his actual proposals for doing something about this? Under his watch, Florida has become far MORE difficult to live on with one income. Highest inflation in the nation. Highest and fastest-growing homeowners’ insurance rates in the nation. It’s one thing to fantasize about some fairy tale where families can live comfortably on one income. Ron DeSantis has shown that he has no clue about how this might happen.

      • Simpsons Suck

        August 13, 2023 at 11:59 am

        How stupid do you have to be to think a governor has an effect on inflation?

        • Joe

          August 14, 2023 at 2:33 pm

          How stupid do you have to be do think all states are affected equally by inflation? Floriduh in particular has been hit harder than most states over the past year, because of a single issue: housing. So yeah genius, your Tiny Gov’s administration actually does play a role in those numbers.

    • God's Child

      August 12, 2023 at 6:21 pm

      I get what he is saying yet inflation and prices are so jacked up on Florida that there is no absolute possible way to survive off one income. I’m a mother of 6 and my husband has two jobs I’m a GM and it’s still not enough. The possible thought of tax credits are good but it shouldn’t simply be a thought. I don’t agree with a lot of the far right thinking but I wouldn’t mind being a homemaker yet it’s simply just that, a thought. We have to make it to where things are actually substantial enough for us to afford and still save. The poverty and homeless levels in Florida are at an all time high so just keep that in mind.

    • April

      August 12, 2023 at 7:28 pm

      Exactly. Need to actually hear what he’s saying. Not that we should be house wives just that our economy is so bad with inflation. It would be nice if we had the choice of what we have to do and afford one income. I live in Florida and my husband and I work 2 jobs each and still live paycheck to paycheck trying to not lose our house. Our streets are lined with cars full of homeless families rent, insurance, utilities and groceries have doubled since January. No one can feed themselves at this point

    • Kamwick

      August 13, 2023 at 2:50 pm

      Of course it’s a serious issue, as is families barely able to make it on even TWO incomes. Lack of single payer health care, affordable housing and costly education makes it even worse, to mention but a few variables.

      However, Tiny D, Frump and the GQP have no actual policies to address this. Their ‘winner take all/dribble downl’ approach to the economy has never worked, yet they’re doubling down on it.

      And now, they are adding the ‘gee, New Gideon looks like a great idea’ and promoting Talibangelical dictates for people to live by ‘for the children’.

      Total nonsense.

      • My Take

        August 14, 2023 at 12:20 am


    • Bwj

      August 13, 2023 at 6:27 pm

      It would be nice to have nuclear families be able to live comfortably off of one parent’s income. The problem is that for many, it’s not a reality even within reach.

    • Wojack79

      August 16, 2023 at 10:26 am

      What about women who are single mothers or have a husband who dies or gets hurt? Do we not count in this equation? This good old days were only for married women who lived in the suburbs. My grandmother was a maid, while my grandfather worked on the field or on the line with four kids. The economy was only good for certain people back then. And since almost 40% of mothers now are single parents, that might be a problem. They are the only person bringing in money in the household.

  • Javier Delgado

    August 12, 2023 at 6:56 am

    Let me guess. You do not have children.

  • Faith in Science

    August 12, 2023 at 7:30 am

    Big picture: We are all slaves to a broken capitalism model that has been orchestrated to siphon money out of our productivity into the 1% hands. They are fighting to remove any and all social services, entitlements, education and healthcare that cut into their bottom line. Republicans have completely sold out to these interests while shouting bs about the good old days. Make no mistake, they don’t just hate women and people of color. Their action prove they hate all of us.

    • Kamwick

      August 13, 2023 at 2:53 pm


    • Natalie Arter

      August 15, 2023 at 11:32 pm

      You nailed it in a nutshell

  • tom palmer

    August 12, 2023 at 7:57 am

    There are a lot of single parents out there. What’s his solution that? Out of toucn does not begin to describe his latest statement.

  • Mark miller

    August 12, 2023 at 8:11 am

    Another clueless statement from a guy who still has his silver s-on in his mouth. He is not too smart when he speaks from a empty melon.

  • Michael K

    August 12, 2023 at 10:04 am

    Easy for a guy who lives in public housing and is paid to do a job he’s not doing while galavanting around the country at Florida taxpayer’s expense. Total oack of self-awareness, let alone compassion and other human qualities.

    Perhaps he’s forgotten his history: Thanks to unions, the working class had access to good wages, relative job stability, health care, and other benefits. Republicans have all but destroyed unions in order to shorten the pipeline feeding money to the 1%.

    Ron is so far out of touch here – promoting a 1950s utopia that never existed. It’s also very sexist, racist, and certainly homophobic.

  • Silly Wabbit

    August 12, 2023 at 10:41 am

    He kwazy.

  • Canned Ham

    August 12, 2023 at 11:36 am

    This is straight out of Phillis Schlafly. She who married well and never had to work a day in her life.

  • Debbie Stonecipher

    August 12, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    I’ve said since the roeVwade was overturned that it about women’s Rights. My mom was fortunate enough to stay at home and raise 8 children. We were really poor but there was lots of love and we prayed at the table. But it is very different today. The cost of living was less and it was easier to afford that lifestyle. Thanks to the Governor of Florida we are strapped with things that we have to pay so much for. Cost of living is ridiculous and no help from the state. It was easy in the beginning of our move from Ohio but the Rich and the people who rob us are still living well.

  • Paula

    August 13, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Auto insurance has doubled in the past year. My landlord’s homeowners insurance tripled. Rent and utilities more than doubled in the past year. What is he going to do about all that? We have to have 3 income in our house to survive.

  • Jan Killilea

    August 13, 2023 at 10:35 am

    Once again, DeSantis flip flops. He just signed an alimony reform bill into law, “Dissolution of Marriage,” which penalizes the SAHM after divorce in Florida. Nice going Ron.

    • Kamwick

      August 13, 2023 at 2:54 pm

      Ick. That’s absolutely putrid.

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 14, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Ron’s not entirely wrong here. He’s only half wrong in saying if “mothers” could stay home, things would be better.

    If mothers could work but fathers could stay home, that would work better too. Ron missed that half of how things could work better.

    Ya see, Women’s Lib was right minded and well intended, but ultimately all it got anybody was CEOs getting 2 workers per 1 wage.

    Capitalist C-Suite types hijacked women’s lib and now we’re all chained to the desk or the milkshake machine etc.

  • Joe

    August 14, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Hmm, maybe this “presidential candidate” could help influence his political party to focus on helping families instead of frittering away trillion$ on tax breaks for billionaire$.

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