klezman, I disagree; not entirely out of principle, but partially out of reality. Many of the people that have babies, shouldn't, for so many reasons, one of which is affordability. I'm not talking about money being tight - I'm talking about how from the time the baby is born, or before, there is government assistance, to the time they become adults, then enter the system. This has been discussed here before. My tack is a little different; if you've planned ahead, you have plenty of time to organize the finances so it is not a burden on others when you have the baby. Having a baby is not a disability. And by suggesting that the government reward a "good" parent for providing, is jumping in the middle of the issue, imho. Why not let the government reward the parents instead, for planning properly and not needing public assistance, for say, 2 years to start. Or, let's reward the small businessman who creates jobs, takes no public assistance, pays all his taxes and fees. OK, so I'm playing devil's advocate.