The Republican Party has formulated a new ” winning strategy” in its efforts to cull the female vote. Marriage. Yes, marriage. And how did they come to this simplistic conclusion? Data. Here it is: Married women voted for GOP candidates more often than non-married women. Did the phrase, ” dumb-ass” come to mind?
On the subject of unmarried women, right-wingers and/or bigots [do I repeat myself?] commonly bemoan that their precious tax dollars are wasted on ‘welfare babies.’ War is fine but not black babies who have no fathers. Yet, I digress.
Other than ‘I heard it on Fox News,’ what does the data say about the problem we face in the United States with childhood poverty? Fox News absorbers might suggest that the reason childhood poverty is so high is that there are too many single mothers, and those kinds of families face higher rates of poverty, thus eating up tax dollars that could have bought another aircraft carrier to defend us from the U.S.S.R.
An analysis of childhood poverty was recently published in Demos.org
that had the following graph. Ignore the European data.
Ah ha! It would appear that the right-wingers are right! Well, not so fast! Although Fox & Associates would stop there, those of us with a more fully developed cerebrum might inquire further, ‘How many children altogether does each bar on the graph represent?’ Good inquiry.
There are more children in ‘married’ families than single, as you have already figured. Thus, more impoverished children in impoverished families.
The article concludes:
“Thus, high child poverty in the US is not caused by some overwhelming crush of single mother parenting. The lowest of the low-poverty countries manage to get along in the world with similar levels of single mother parenting just fine. Morever, relatively high child poverty rates are the rule in every single family type in the US, not just some single mother phenomenon. We plunge more than 1 in 5 of our nation’s children into poverty because we choose to. It would be easy to dramatically cut that figure, but we’d rather not.”