Friday, September 20, 2013

ObamaNation: Perpetual Poor Barred from Marriage

The Nanny State's so-called safety net has become a trap for generations of low-achieving Americans who learn to "make a living" by gaming myriad government programs. Earning too much "on the books" or getting married means you're kicked off government assistance -- as such, the system precludes climbing the ladder of success.
“Staying unmarried is the tax shelter for the poor.”
-- Gene Steuerle, fellow at the Urban Institute
For background, read Young Adults Rarely Marry, Seniors Divorce Often and also read About Half of Americans Now Born Out of Wedlock as well as Family Demise, as 1/3 of Households are People Alone

UPDATE 4/16/15: Decades of Income Inequality is due to Demise of Married-parent Families with Children, Study Shows

UPDATE 5/30/14: President Obama Replaces Fathers with Government Mentors

-- From "4.1 Million Single-Mother Families Are Living In Poverty: Census" by Hope Yen, Huffington Post, 9/19/13

The [U.S. Census] figures, released Thursday, [show] Single-mother families in poverty increased for the fourth straight year to 4.1 million, or 41.5 percent, coinciding with longer-term trends of declining marriage and [thus increased] out-of-wedlock births. Many of these mothers are low income with low education. The share of married-couple families in poverty remained unchanged at 2.1 million, or 8.7 percent.

By race or ethnicity, a growing proportion of poor children are Hispanic, a record 37 percent of the total. Whites make up 30 percent, blacks 26 percent.

With poverty remaining high, food stamp use continued to climb. Roughly 15.8 million, or 13.6 percent of U.S. households, received food stamps, the highest level on record.

The numbers also reflect widening economic inequality, an issue President Barack Obama has pledged would be a top priority of his administration to address. Upward mobility in the U.S. has been hurt . . .

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Tax Expert: ‘Staying Unmarried Is the Tax Shelter for the Poor’" by Penny Starr, 9/18/13

. . . Tianna Gaines-Turner, a low-wage worker from Philadelphia . . . explained that if she married the father of her children, who was living with them, she would lose benefits. If she told them she was living with the children’s father, the government would take action to make him pay child support and penalize her for having access to his income.

“So basically I did not report that he lived in the home with us,” Gaines-Turner said. “I reported that I was a single parent.

“Unfortunately, the system is not set up – I’m not going to say reward – but it’s not set up to encourage people to have families; to build on what the American Dream is really about is family values,” Gaines-Turner said. “That’s what I was brought up on.

“Family values, family dreams, is for two people who love each other to be able to get married,” Gaines-Turner said. “I wanted to show my children, especially my daughters, and my sons, that if you love this person and you want to be together, you do the right thing and you get married,” said Gaines-Turner, who also has three stepchildren. “You don’t stay shacked up.”

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From "Single Moms: Pew Research Center Finds That Moms Are Breadwinners In 40 Percent Of Households" by Huffington Post 5/30/13

Based on an analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Pew found that 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who provide the sole or primary source of income for the family, up from just 11 percent in 1960. They attribute this growth to the increasing number of women in the workforce.

And the majority of these breadwinning moms are single parents: 63 percent -- or 8.6 million -- are single mothers, and 37 percent (5.1 million) are married mothers who out-earn their husbands.

However, the two groups differ greatly in income; the median total family income for homes with married mother breadwinners was nearly $80,000 in 2011, compared to $23,000 for families led by a single mother [thus, below the poverty level in most cases].

. . . 64 percent of those surveyed said that the increasing number of single mothers in the U.S. is a "big problem," though that percentage is down from 71 percent in 2007. And young adults are less concerned about single moms than older adults; 42 percent of adults under 30 view the growing number of single moms as a big problem, compared to 65 percent of adults in their 30s and 40s and 74 percent of adults aged 50 and older. Republicans (78 percent) are also more likely than Democrats (51 percent) to view this trend as a big problem.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Liberals Admit to Destruction of African Americans as well as 'Intact Family' Nearly Extinct among Blacks

Bill O'Reilly 7/22/13 (click for video)