Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Marriage decline and the public policy chaos.

Yesterday, I noted it was officially chaos. I wasn't so pessimistic even five years ago. We had elected Barack Obama, who sponsored a Responsible Fatherhood/Healthy Marriage Bill with another Democrat. We were deeply concerned with the low marriage rates/fatherless in low-income/minority communities. Even liberals, with our deepest concerns that 'marriage was for white people'. 

You can search numerous scholarly online articles about the decline of marriage over the past three decades, but it you search in general terms of marriage decline you will no longer see articles on public policy. All we get is just insanity on social media mocking marriage.

All the evidence was there. We chose to ignore it, and if anyone dares to state the obvious they will be put in their place and falsely targeted a hateful. I opened myself to being online with my real name nine years ago, I wasn't an ignorant bigot then and I am not now. The trend of the decline evident then, even thirty years ago we knew we had a problem. It was chaos then, it is chaos now, and it will continue.

In 2007, Two Democrat Senators (One being Senator Obama)

"Congress makes the following findings:(1)
The most important factor in a child’s upbringing is whether the child is brought up in a loving, healthy, supportive environment.
Children who grow up with two parents are, on average, more likely than their peers in single-parent homes to finish high school and be economically self-sufficient.
Father-child interaction, like mother-child interaction, has been shown to promote the positive physical, social, emotional, and mental development of children.
Children typically live without both parents when their parents are divorced or did not marry. More than 1/3 of all first marriages end in divorce, and 60 percent of divorcing couples have children. More than 1/3 of all births are to unmarried women.
More than 1 in 4 families with children have only 1 parent present, and more than 1 in 3 children live absent their biological father.
Recent studies demonstrate that most unwed fathers in urban areas are highly involved with the mother of their child before and after the child's birth, with 80 percent involved during the mother's pregnancy, and 50 percent living with the child’s mother at the time of the child's birth. However, the relationship between the parents often does not last, and many fathers do not maintain contact with their children as the children grow up.
An estimated 40 percent of the children who live in households without their father have not seen their fathers in at least 1 year.
The inability of parents to sustain a healthy relationship with their child’s other parent and remain involved in their child's life can have severe negative consequences for the parents, the child, their community, and taxpayers.
Single-parent families are 5 times as likely to be poor as married-couple families.
Children raised in single-parent families are more likely than children raised in 2-parent families to do poorly in school, have emotional and behavioral problems, become teenage parents, commit crimes, smoke cigarettes, abuse drugs and alcohol, and have poverty-level incomes as adults."

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