I’m all riled up!
You see my friend Lisa, one of the founders of Help a Mother Out has been working hard to get the word out about The DIAPER Act. If you’ve been reading my blog for the last couple years, you may have read a post or two that I’ve written about Help a Mother Out (HAMO) whose mission is to provide diapers (disposable or cloth) to babies in need. This is an issue I feel strongly about and I’ve spent time fundraising for HAMO, hosting diaper drives, and contributing in other small ways to help with this cause.
The reason organizations like HAMO and local diaper banks around the country are necessary is that there currently are no safety net programs for families — WIC, food stamps, etc. — that cover diapers. The DIAPER Act would help to solve this problem by giving eligible child care centers the flexibility and choice to provide diapers (disposable or cloth) to their neediest clients. This Act asks for NO additional federal funding to accomplish this change. Sounds pretty good, right? I called my Congressman and Senators, put a badge on my blog (look over there in the far right hand column), signed the petition and went on my merry way.
Then, my friend Whitney sent me this link and my head almost exploded. It’s a transcript of Rush Limbaugh talking about The DIAPER Act on his radio program. He makes a lot of irrational, false and baseless statements in the piece, but the upshot is that he doesn’t think women should be working outside the home and that the purpose of public daycare is “so we can corrupt ’em and pollute ’em and propagandize ’em, indoctrinate ’em.” Cripes! I can’t just ignore this ridiculousness.
So here’s what I’m asking:
- Please take a few minutes to read a little bit about the DIAPER Act. (There are links to the actual wording of the legislation at the bottom of that page.)
- If you feel like The DIAPER Act is something you can get behind (Heh! See what I did there?) sign the petition encouraging Congress to support this bill.
And that’s it! That’s all I’m asking. Read a little, take a second to sign. If you want to do even more spread the word about the Diaper Act and consider making a donation to HAMO to help them with their important work.