Marriage and Poverty Myths

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
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.”


4 thoughts on “Marriage and Poverty Myths

  1. Now this are just my PERSONAL observations of people in the United States.
    1. Almost every single unmarried mother I know has only one child. The single mothers I know with more than one child just scape by (kids are expensive); and they lack another wage earner in the household.
    2.The “creepy” churches seem to have congregations with a below average I.Q.’s (translates to lower income). And these churches push for many children per family (and less/no birth control or family planning).
    3. In the lower social-economic sector there seems to be a stigma if you’re not married at an early age. And people with advanced education (liberal arts or technical) seem to have fewer children.
    4. Churches that scream about helping the poor politically support people who try to reduce aid to the less fortunate. A monthly spaghetti dinner raises a whole lot less money than adjusting welfare for inflation.

    1. I think that you have been quite observant, NON. Altogether it is idiocy, but 2, 3 and 4 are not unexpected among a certain demographic slice of Americans.

  2. Female GOPer: Ladies Love the Wage Gap—It Helps Them Find Husbands

    Republican activist Phyllis Schlafly penned an op-ed in the Christian Post this week to set the record straight about the alleged “wage gap” debate. According to Schlafly, women not only deserve to be paid less than men because they, as a gender, work less, but women want to be paid less because it makes it easier for them to find a husband. “Will women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship,” Schlafly writes. “This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap.” She continued by providing this dystopian hypothetical scenario: “Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.”

    1. I saw that! Once again, there is little to say about stuff like that. I suspect that Phyllis watched way-too much Ozzie and Harriet!

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