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Poverty and the Breakdown of Marriage
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| May 24, 2006
Posted on 08/05/2006 9:41:39 AM PDT by Jibaholic
In 1965 the Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan released the now-famous Moynihan Report which showed that the number one cause of black poverty was the breakdown of the married, two-parent biological family. The Democrats did not recieve this news well. They pilloried Moynihan and called him a racist. Then they went into, in Moynihan's words, denial mode. 40 years later and out of wedlock childbirths have more than doubled and the Democrats are still in denial mode. The scientific debate is over, even among liberal sociologists. But the silence is deafening. Here is some information that the GOP should be repeating like a broken record.
Link from PBS's First Measured Century series.
Here are some articles to get you up to date.
- Marriage and Caste. John Edwards is right, there are two Americas. The rich America is married, and the poor America is not.
- Why We Don't Marry by sociologist James Q. Wilson. Phenomenal article. Debunks the theory that there is no economic connection between welfare and illegetimacy because inflation adjusted welfare benefits declined. If you consider all benefits, from food stamps, to medicaid to public housing, benefits did keep up with inflation. It also notes that rural women leave welfare faster than urban women because in small towns it is hard to dissappear into a community of other single mothers. In other words, social mores matter. Finally, it also rebutts William Julius Wilson's theory that out of wedlocks increased because of a lack of jobs.
- Getting Hitched. Contrary to popular myth, the fathers of out of wedlock childbirths have stable relationships with the mother, high school graduation, and no criminal record. There is no reason - other than loose sexual mores - for them to drift away rather than marry.
- Five Easy Questions About Black Poverty. Article refuting some of the theories that the breakdown of marriage is caused by some other factor, such as a lack of jobs.
- The Moynihan Report Interview with Democrat Patrick Moynihan, who first raised this issue in the 1960's, only to be attacked by his own party. 40 years later the rate of out of wedlock childbirths has more than doubled and people who speak the truth about marriage and poverty are still attacked.
- Marriage and Poverty. Article by economist Walter Williams.
- Dan Quayle Was Right by sociologist Barbara Dafoe Whitehead. This article was originally published in the left-leaning Atlantic Monthly. Tour of the research that demolishes the niave theories of the 1960's and 1970's that divorce and single motherhood would not harm children.
- How Welfare Reform Worked by Kay S. Hymowitz. Another tour of the research focusing on welfare. The experts went on records making predictions about rising child poverty, and they were wrong.
- Victories in the Marriage Debates by Maggie Gallagher. Some of these articles document how luminaries in the field have come around to the importance of family. This article discusses a more schollarly survey of the research and shows the shift as researchers came to the realization that children need married parents. It also discusses the ongoing denail by the overwhelmingly left-wing scientists. They will dismiss the effect of family structure on poverty by correctly observing that while the statistical trends are there, it is not necessarily the case. But in other contexts, for example, the relationship between growing up in poverty and having a bad life, they do not use the "not necessarily" defense. Instead they recognize the strong connection and want to fix it.
TOPICS: Government; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: marriage; moynihan; poverty
I thought other freepers would appreciate these links
posted on 08/05/2006 9:41:40 AM PDT
posted on 08/05/2006 10:07:45 AM PDT
(All are worthy of freedom, none are incapable.)
You might want to find and add the one that says that homelessness has been decreased by 30% since 2003 by combining 11 different fed programs and working with non-profits. I enjoyed the welfare reform article.
posted on 08/05/2006 11:04:38 AM PDT
"40 years later and out of wedlock childbirths have more than doubled and the Democrats are still in denial mode."
More importantly, so is the black community. I heard somewhere the number is around 75%. That is truly sad.
However, let a white person bring this up as a legitimate social problem, and that person is immediately labeled a racist. All the while the black community ignores the 800lb gorilla in the living room. This lack of a two parent household can be directly linked to almost all of the social woes suffered by the black community.
I think it's time to un-rewrite history. The Democrats in this country were against emancipation, a Republican President did it. The Democrats were against civil rights for blacks, the Republicans did it. Now, the Democrats have just found a subtle way of imposing a form of slavery on Black America. It's called welfare, and it encourages, and rewards illegitimacy. I also makes a whole class of people completely dependent on another. Except for the cotton field, which is now the public housing facility, and the whip, which has been replaced by the threat of straying off the Democrat plantation, where's the difference?
A whole race of people being kept from their full potential, because they've been led to believe they can't succeed without the white Democrat masters help.
Makes my stomach turn just thinking about it.
posted on 08/05/2006 5:53:40 PM PDT
(Focus, people, focus, we still have work to do in November!)
posted on 08/07/2006 12:18:11 PM PDT
(Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning)
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