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This article says, well, so much:

Pre-K Waiting List

The very first paragraph details the long wait one family went through to get their son into a pre-k program. Seems they were too…good. Married, worked, no felonies or drug problems, just not the kind of people the authorities wanted to help.

Kaci Cromwell’s son Adrian started preschool in March. He is one of 20 children who were placed into private preschools through grants from the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

Cromwell had spent almost two years on waiting lists to get her son enrolled in a public preschool program.

“He was kind of put on the back burner because he wasn’t considered a needy child,” Cromwell said.

“He had both parents, and neither of us are felons. And we don’t receive benefits, we just get Medicaid. He was potty-trained, he could count and talk, so [schools told us], ‘He doesn’t need to go to preschool until there’s an open spot for him.’”

Moral hazard is a term only heard among conservatives and libertarians. It’s an impenetrable concept to the common-variety liberal or progressive–it literally does not compute. But for those of you who have passed through adolescence, it’s an axiom that persists among the world of humans–people can and do make very accurate assessments of their return on effort, and that which rewards an easier path–sloth, indulgence, ease–will eventually triumph over the harder path of self-reliance and responsibility. Once the common worker sees the horse from Animal Farm in the mirror each morning, the game is up. Degradation and squalor are just around the corner.