Thursday, September 22, 2011

Heather Mac Donald on single-parent households, "overwhelmingly the largest predictor of child and family poverty":
[T]he single mother has become the cornerstone of Democratic politics. She provides the justification for the continuous expansion of the welfare state. . . . [Single mothers] provide the largest constituency for every means-tested government poverty program in the country, and they are a growing constituency. . . .

Public policy’s ability to restore the expectation that children be raised by both their parents is undoubtedly limited. But it is better to try than to do nothing. And making child poverty a political issue without mentioning father absence is worse than doing nothing.
Worth reading in full.