.....not a doctor and don't play one on the internets, but....
Here is a blast from the Ancient Past. It is all the way back to 1994 when Newt Gingrich was advocating breaking up Families so that Children could be raised institutionally with a new type of father i.e., the Federal Government.
"Are Orphanages Better for Kids than Welfare"
Resurgent Republicans in Congress under Newt Gingrich are breathing new life into an idea whose time most people thought had already come and gone.
They want to bring back orphanages and other forms of state-supervised residences to care for the illegitimate children of young women who would be cut from welfare rolls under their proposals.
In addition to evoking images of little Oliver Twist begging for another bowl of porridge, the initiative, a part of the Republicans' Personal Responsibility Act, has sent a shiver of apprehension through the community of child-care workers.
This is because the idea collides with the principal tenet that has guided their profession for nearly a century: that children are raised better in families, even imperfect or incomplete families, than in institutions.
Resort to orphanages, said one political scientist writing a book on the subject, is a return to the very institution whose failure led to the welfare system as it exists today.
Matthew Crenson, a Johns Hopkins political scientist, said the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program actually evolved from earlier measures devised as remedies for the ills visited upon thousands of children raised in orphanages.
The movement to reconstitute orphanages or other forms of supervised group-living outside the family has been growing for several years. It has been supported by conservative Republicans such as William J. Bennett, academics like Charles Murray (co-author of "The Bell Curve"), and more recently by Rep. Newt Gingrich, Republican of Georgia.
The nature and preoccupations of some of its other partisans, prominent criminologists James Q. Wilson and John J. DiIulio, suggest that though it is being touted as welfare reform, it is also seen as an anti-crime measure. Its partisans believe it would help reduce illegitimacy, which many people think stimulates crime.
Talk about Right Wing Social Engineering!
"Gingrich Houses" for poor children would sprout up all over the land to replace the families of children whose parents were down on the luck or whose behavior was deemed outside of local cultural norms. Brilliant. If you thought Paul Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it was a bad idea, this one is a whopper.
Did Gingrich actually believe that a government takeover of the family, i.e., "Gingrich Houses" was a good idea? My guess is that it felt good at the and was convenient way to support his idea of the day. You know, if it feels good do it!
If you are a patriotic tea drinking American how can you support someone who proposed replacing families with Government Run Orphanages? What about family values? What about, gasp, the tax increases to run such an operation?
When you add "Gingrich Houses" to the list of Newt's foibles like changing Religions, lying under oath, living double lives and going through wives and marriages like sick kids go through kleenex I just don't see how he gets very far in the race.