Is America’s Debt Crisis Caused by Our Marital Crisis?

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Isn’t it strange that when you talk with a young, recently married couple that one economic reason for finally tying the knot is that it costs less for two people to share a home, furniture, etc. than it does for two separate people. So, why is it you never hear people talking about getting a divorce discuss how much more expensive it is going to be to bust up their home. Well, it turns out that the damage done to the economy extends far beyond simple living arrangements.

A new study by Henry Potrykus, Patrick Fagan, Robert Schwarzwalder titled “Our Fiscal Crisis: We Cannont Tax, Spend, and Borrow Enough to Substitute for Marriage” explores the economic costs of the breakdown of the family:

Three facts shape our on-going fiscal crisis: Government revenues come from the taxation of our economy. Our economic growth is and will continue to be a fraction of that of the pre-1960’s era because of the breakdown in marriage. All the while, more citizens are pushed into dependency on this government, again because of marriage breakdown.

This slowdown in economic growth coupled with the increased numbers of dependent citizens makes closing the deficit impossible for President Obama or anyone else who uses the present welfare state as the economic model to be sustained. It cannot be. This reality arises from two facts: 1) We have proportionately fewer children 2) Up to 20 percent of these children are unequipped to compete in the modern economy because of a lack of essential skills formed within the intact married family . . .

Because larger families are a greater contribution to the economy than smaller families, U.S. family planning policies have undermined the U.S. economy. The sensible economic policy is to grow intact, stable married families instead of favoring sexual unions that are not child-centered.

  1. A sane government would work to reverse all laws, policies and programs that undermine fertile marriage such as no fault-divorce, abortion, education formation of high-school students in extra-marital sexual intercourse, and family planning services that have resulted in a massive increase in single-parent families, and the loss of well over 50 million workers.
  2. Tax policies should support rather than penalize marriage and family formation.

The long-range solution to our economic difficulties is to grow intact married families rather than growing government.

You know, there are very practical reasons why marriage is a 4,000 year-old institution. Marriage is not some ideology based on flimsy evidence. There will be a price paid for our flippant attitude toward marriage . . . though I think it will take more than a change in government policies to bring back marriage. People will have to take a long, deep look into their souls and make real changes. Going back to church would be a start.

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Wisconsin and Free Birth Control

Not 100% Effective

I’ve been piling up some articles I wanted to blog about and here is another from a couple weeks ago from the WSJ’s August 18th issue found here about the push in Wisconsin to:

expand a program that provides free birth-control pills, vasectomies and other forms of contraception to low income people (including the morning after pill) after the federal health care overhaul cleared the way to make the program permanent….. (and another gem) is that girls and boys starting at age 15 can participate without parental consent.

First, what the heck is going on in the beloved midwest (perhaps a naive question coming from a non-Midwesterner)?  I know Milwaukee is quite liberal but surely there are enough farmers left who are traditionalists ?  Have “midwestern values” left the building ?  Is the death of the farm and thus death of large families to blame for the race to the bottom of the social value drain ?  And it’s not just Wisconsin, we’ve got Iowa, Wyoming and Oklahoma joining the posse of states that have “broadened Medicaid to give extra family planning coverage.”

What about taxpayers paying for contraception for women whose incomes are closer to middle class income than poverty ?

Wisconsin is pushing to increase the income limit so more women can qualify.  Currently, the limit is $21,600 a year for single people-twice the federal poverty level-and that would rise to $32,490 or about three times the poverty level.

The proposed increase in the income limit to $32k seems a bit high given that Wisconsin’s per capita income is $40,953.  What about money for abstinence counseling ?  Nope, sorry just money to scare off unwanted pregnancies. As representative for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Richard Doerflinger aptly said:

To provide coverage for family planning and nothing else reflects a very dismissive view of women.

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