FACT Report: December 26, 2012

The Middle Class Needs Marriage (December 26, 2012)

In recent weeks we’ve seen plenty of politicians argue over who really cares for the middle class and lament the growing gap between the rich and the poor. But as columnist Kathleen Parker said last week, both major parties have forgotten “The middle class needs not just tax breaks and jobs but also marriage.“

A new report by the University of Virginia and the Institute for American Values proves her point. For example, in the 80s, only 13 percent of children were born outside of marriage among moderately educated mothers. By the end of two thousand ten, the number was 44 percent.

With the link between out of wedlock births, poverty, and government spending, it seems politicians also need to look at policies that strengthen rather than undermine marriage and family

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