Phony Divide Between Fiscal and Social Issues
Phyllis Schlafly – March 2012
We used to have a social structure in the
where husbands and fathers provided the financial support of wife and children. Last year, 41% of all babies born in the United States (including 53% of babies born to women under 30) were illegitimate, growing up without their own fathers. U.S.
It is obvious that when the mother of these children has no husband to support her and her babies, she calls on Big Brother Government. You and I then pay the bills for what is labeled welfare. It's not poverty that causes broken families; it's the absence of marriage that causes poverty and puts kids below the designated poverty line. Social issues cause fiscal expenses.
The massive national problem of having babies without marriage started with Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty in the 1960s. LBJ Welfare channeled all the money and benefits to the woman, making the husband and father unnecessary. Charles Murray laid this all out more than 20 years ago. He said "Illegitimacy is the single most important social problem of our time . . . because it drives everything else," imposing gigantic costs on the taxpayers
Most Americans are unaware that nearly $900 Billion a year of federal taxpayers' money is handed out to non-taxpayers allegedly below a designated poverty line.
Half of Americans (47%) pay no income tax and depend for their living expenses in whole or in part on government handouts paid by the other half who do pay income taxes.
Welfare spending is a failure; it doesn't advance us toward any constructive goal, such as helping recipients to get on their feet economically. It merely increases dependence on government handouts and increases votes for big-spending politicians.
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Population on food stamps
Welfare and low-income health care surges
Gap between married and unmarried birth rates has narrowed
Four in 10 children are born to unwed mothers
Medicaid costs rapidly increasing
Hidden welfare state
91 million Americans dependent on government
Housing assistance breaks record
More than 70 percent of federal spending goes to dependence programs
Nearly half of all Americans don’t pay income taxes
Programs used to calculate index values
Births to unmarried mothers as a percentage of all births
We Can't Separate Social Policy from Tax Law
Social issues are not only an integral feature of our fiscal policies but also specifically of our tax laws. The majority of Americans say they support traditional marriage, the union of a husband and a wife, and support children being raised by their parents who are married to each other.
Don't let anyone tell you that federal tax policy should be neutral about marriage, children and the family. Every part of your income tax return that you will file by April 15 is a manifestation of social policy.
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