Nanny trouble

In the latest New Yorker, Caitlin Flanagan contrasts the Mary Poppins books with the Disney movie.

And she persists in asserting that it’s normal for middle-class families to have nannies. (Previously, she’s also said that liberals employing nannies are such hypocrites that Wal-Mart is, by comparison, benevolent and honest.)

Unfortunately for Ms. Flanagan, the most recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics undermine this thesis. Less than 14% of preschoolers in this country are regularly cared for by “nonrelatives” other than organized care facilities. The figures are even lower than that for grade schoolers. But then, with poverty on the rise and the middle class shrinking annually, the longer the Bush administration stays in power, the warmer Flanagan gets.


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