Sharon Dijksma, a leading parliamentarian of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) wants to penalise educated stay-at-home women. "A highly-educated woman who chooses to stay at home and not to work — that is destruction of capital," she said in an interview last week. "If you receive the benefit of an expensive education at society's expense, you should not be allowed to throw away that knowledge unpunished."
Hence her proposal to recover part of the cost of their education from highly-educated women who decide not to seek paid work. ... Dijksma says she wants to stimulate more women to join the work force.
She may well say that she wants to stimulate more women to join the work force, but that's not all she wants: note her use of that word "unpunished".
And, apparently, she's not the lunatic fringe. Her party, the Netherlands' largest, has backed her up:
The PvdA website has come to the rescue of the beleaguered politician, repeating the stance that those who study at the taxpayers' expense and do not join the workforce are guilty of "destruction of capital."
What an insidious, nasty little phrase that is.
This is what mainstream Socialism has come to. Receiving a state education and then squandering your life on the mere raising of children constitutes theft from the state. If only Ms Dijksma's parents had felt the same way.