Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dear Liberal Christian,

Your heart may be in the right place, but your hand is in my purse.  All studies show that marriage of the parents of children is the #1 way to reduce poverty in the U.S.A. With married parents, a child has only about 8% chance of being raised in poverty. A better house, or a better education doesn't do it. Lunch programs from USDA distributed by church volunteers doesn't make a dent. Social justice workshops and summits for sure don't either, except maybe to tamp down a little liberal guilt if the Bible falls open to Matthew 25.

Photo: The government's "War on Poverty" has really been a war on children. When President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty in 1964, 93 % of children born in the United States were born to married parents.  In 2010, only 59% of all births in the nation occurred to married couples. Marriage penalties occur in many means tested government programs. Children in married families are 82 percent less likely to be poor than are children of single parents.


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