Monday on "Glenn," the Think Tank gang reacted to a controversial column by Australian writer Sarrah Le Marquand in which she argued that Australia's government should legally require all parents of school-age children to be gainfully employed, essentially rendering stay-at-home moms criminals.
Le Marquand said she was motivated by an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report that lamented the low workforce participation rate of Australia's women relative to other OECD nations, leading to potential workforce shortages as the population ages.
Unsurprisingly, Le Maquand's suggestion was met with hostility by an unusual mix of feminists and religious commentators, as segments of both groups have vehemently defended a woman's right to choose whether or not to seek employment while raising children.
The female members of the panel all slammed the proposal as unfair to women -- many of whom choose to stay home with their kids rather than remaining in the work force -- as well as undemocratic by forcing unwilling workers to seek employment. Glenn Beck, meanwhile, underscored the importance of proper, attentive child-rearing and family cohesion:
"The most important thing I will ever do, ever — I could be the president, I could be the king of the Earth — the most important things I will ever do will all be contained within the four walls of my house. What I do with my kids is more important than anything else. And a mother's job is — I'm sorry to be old-fashioned, but there is nothing more important than my wife being able to be there for my kids."
Glenn also admitted that he doesn't envy his wife Tania's domestic responsibilities.
"I think a lot of people go to work because — I know I couldn't do that [stay at home with children]," Glenn admitted. "Guys, is it just me? I'd lose my ever-loving mind. I can not take my children in large doses for extended periods of time, and I don't know how my wife does it."