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To: Tailback
Exactly, get rid of the marriage penalty and reward MARRIED COUPLES for having children instead of single mothers.

Close. How about governments just getting the heck out of the way?

57 posted on 02/07/2003 11:53:19 AM PST by null and void
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To: null and void
Yep. Get the government down to its proper functions and cut taxes (for everybody, not by some "targeted" social-engineering scheme) down to where people who want to do so can effectively raise a middle-class family on one income.
62 posted on 02/07/2003 12:29:53 PM PST by steve-b
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To: null and void
Government getting out of the way would be great. But lets consider the statistics of crime, substance abuse, and antisocial behavior commited by children of single parent (usually single mothers) families. The statistics are absolutely shocking. Unfortunately right now the government rewards the wrong type of behavior and punishes the correct behavior. Your idea of removal of government encouragement of bad behavior is a step in the right direction. Why not go further and encourage the right kind of people to procreate? It's in societies and the governments best interest to encourage succesful productive people to have children. Those children end up paying taxes while not being a drain on government programs.
66 posted on 02/07/2003 12:36:48 PM PST by Tailback
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