Middle class needs marriage more than jobs and tax breaks

Kathleen Parker

Washington Post

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

These are but two of many, which can be viewed online at stateofourunions.org, along with an urgent plea that President Obama include some of these thoughts in his own State of the Union next month. It insults no one to encourage couples to marry before having children, thus making a public as well as private commitment to love and care for them.

Perhaps most important, to ignore the marriage deficit among America's middle class is essentially to be complicit in perpetuating a society of winners and losers. Those born to married, well-educated parents are more likely to prosper, while those born to fragmented families are more likely to repeat the patterns of their parents.

Therein is a national tragedy worthy of our attention.

Kathleen Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

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