The crux of this problem and its costs is that a lack of marriage causes poverty. The poverty rate for single parents with children is 36.5 percent, while it is only 6.4 percent for married couples with children.Here in Canada, the situation isn't much better. In spite of the minor improvements brought in by the Conservative government, families are still disadvantaged; they still pay more in taxes and receive less in benefits, compared to two individuals that make the same income. The situation is even worse on the provincial level. Unfortunately, not many at the government level are interested in having strong, successful and self-sufficient families. After all - if everyone can get by without government's help - who is going to need the nanny state and it's handouts?
Obama's solution for the poverty problem is more redistribution of money from taxpayers to the poor. But there's no evidence that more money is the remedy because we've been increasing handouts every year and the problem keeps getting worse.
Contrary to a lot of chatter, this isn't a teenage problem (only 7.7 percent of new single moms are minors), and it isn't a failure of birth control, and it isn't the accidents of unplanned pregnancies. These single moms want their babies and confidently expect Big Brother to provide for them.
Marriage drops the probability of child poverty by 82 percent. Marriage has just as dramatic an effect as adding 5 to 6 years to the parents' level of education.
If single moms were to marry the fathers of their children, the children would immediately be lifted out of poverty. Eight out of ten of these fathers were employed at the time of the births of their out-of-wedlock children.
Government should reduce or eliminate the marriage penalties in welfare programs, in tax law, and even in ObamaCare.
But handouts, as we know, never work. Strong families, on the other hand - that's the building block of our society. Supporting family values, opposing anti-family sex "education" curriculum in schools and eliminating discrimination against families in our tax system is therefore essential.