Imagine living in a country where you’re paid to have sex.
Imagine no more, for you already live in that wonderland, because here in Ireland, the more children you decide to have, the more money we pay you.
Now, I’m not talking about somebody struggling to feed a child after a broken marriage or a chance pregnancy. I’m not talking about someone with three kids who needs to raise a family following a bereavement. I’m talking about anyone, in any financial circumstances, who decides to have as many kids as they want even when they can’t afford to look after them.
Let’s look at the rates of child benefit.
If you have one child, you get a monthly rate of €140.
If you have two children, you get the same rate, but if you have three, it increases to €142.66 per child. If you have four kids, you get €147 per child, and if you have five you get €149.60. If you have six kids, you get €151.33 each, and if you have seven, you get €152.57.
The heroic parent with eight sprogs gets €153.50 each.
Please explain this to me. Why do we pay people to have children, and why do we increase the rate as they pop out more babies?
What happened to the idea of personal responsibility? What happened to the notion of having as many children as you can afford to feed, clothe and educate?
Personally, I don’t care how many children anyone decides to produce. That’s their own business. My only objection is to subsidising the consequences of their sexual activity. Why am I paying for someone else’s shagging, just as the Brits have to do for this crowd in England who have eleven children? Or the fool with ten children who picketed Limerick City Council because they wouldn’t provide a house big enough for his growing family and his desire to have even more babies.
Fuck off. Pay for your own kids or put your dick back in your pants.
It’s that simple.