When DJs Grow Up

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Jun 04, 2007 10:06 AM
I was listening to the local pop station in D.C. today. The morning show is mildly obnoxious, but not usually over-the-top or too dirty, so I occasionally leave it on.

Today I left it on because Kane, the recently married host of the morning show, was talking about how his philosophies about life have been changing as he gets older. He and his co-hosts were talking about a news story, which I can't find anywhere, but it had something to do with an irresponsible single mom who kept having children despite the fact that she couldn't support them.

He went on a rant about how parents have a duty to make sure they're able to provide for the children they bring into the world. He said something along the lines of, "If you're 20 with two kids and you don't have a job, and the daddy of your babies--one of them, anyway-- doesn't have a job, don't have any more children. It's not fair to the children, and it's not fair to society, which has to take care of them for you."

His female co-host responded, "Yeah, that's my problem. Why are the rest of us paying to raise your children when you're too irresponsible to go on birth control?"

They fielded a couple calls from responsible, single moms, most of whom agreed that parents have a responsibility to make sure they're providing adequately for the children they have before having any more.

All that talk about personal responsibility was refreshing. Hope for this generation after all? Or, maybe they'll fire Kane for talking too much sense on the airwaves.

This is also a reminder why it behooves the Republican Party to be the party of small government and personal responsibility. There are a lot of people out there who think like Kane as they get older, but for whom the Republican Party isn't a viable option because it barely preaches or practices those common-sense values anymore.