Rodney Hide: It beggars belief this is happening

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A teenage dad to 13 kids. It beggars belief. That dad doesn't have the financial ability to provide for those children, let alone provide the physical and emotional support they desperately need.

The multiple mums of his children haven't bothered or needed to check whether he had the wherewithal to provide for his children.

There's no need. The taxpayer picks up the tab. But government is no substitute for a dad and a husband.

Down the road, Jack and Mary are the caring and loving parents of four children. They would dearly love another but can't afford it. That's because they are already supporting a fifth child through the taxes they must pay. Yes, it's taxpayers like them picking up the tab for that teen dad's recklessness.

A 19-year-old fathering 13 children is the height of irresponsibility. Sadly we all must support that irresponsibility - and reap the consequences.

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- Herald on Sunday

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