Single motherhood, cultural issues ignored in income inequality debate, N.Y. Times columnist says

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  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 6:47 p.m.

    Well many of the commentators here are down on single mothers and having their tax dollars go towards supporting any of the offspring.
    It is what it is! Single motherhood is here and expanding. All the anger and shame directed towards single mothers isn't reducing the problem or childhood poverty.
    Many women are just forgoing childbearing and our birthrate replacement is down. Why not be happy for the solo moms who are daring to have a child as they are increasing our nations birthrate.
    The outrageous cost of weddings, student loan debt, the economy and high cost housing are all scaring our young people away from marriage, hence single motherhood.
    So, it is what it is! This is our new reality.

    Jan. 24, 2014 6:40 p.m.

    @DN Subscriber, You say people who make bad choices including unwed parenthood will suffer the consequences. That also applies to a State and taxpayers who do not want to educate teenagers at school with sex education. Some parents don't have an open relationship with their children to be able to talk about sex. Radical Conservatives want to be naïve and think that our children will never have sex as long as they aren't influenced or have the perfect little family. Having this mind setting will make all tax payers suffer the consequences for their actions.

  • informed? Utah, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    I dont mind giving of what I have, but I certainly don't need some top heavy ineffective blob (our federal govt as a whole) telling me how to do it.
    I would rather donate through unquestionable sources where those who need and are willing to make an effort are given what they need to help them prosper and grow.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    @DN Subscriber
    "people who make bad decisions, including unwed parenthood,"

    This is something I never understand (not specifically you necessarily but the comment made me think of it). One would think pro-lifers would be more encouraging of women facing difficult situations who chose life.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    Didn't Johnson war on poverty solve any of the issues? Nope. The left thinks it's a success, because they stole from producers to give to those who don't produce for themselves. That's not a success story. That's shifting incoming water from the front of the Titanic to the back, to make sure the ship sinks evenly.

    Instead of just handing out condoms to children and tell them to have fun and explore. Why don't we educate them. Explain how sex works. Explain the costs of having a baby. Explain the responsibilities they need. Explain to the girl that she should pick a mate that will help her. Explain to the boy that he needs to be responsible for his actions. Explain that when they produce children before they're ready to have them, they will most likely fail to become their full potential in life.

    Instead the left feels the solution isto subsidize abortions and encourage our children to slaughter their children.What countries in the past, does that sound like? Does it sound any better under the banner of "womens choice" or "our bodies our choice"?As if sex wasn't a choice.

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    Jan. 23, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    Of course there is income inequality! People are inherently unequal in abilities, capacities, talents, opportunities, and motivation. So what? Each individual does the best with what s/he can.

    It is not, nor has it ever been, the constitutional role of government to make them more equal, only to "regulate," which means "to make regular," to prevent illegal barriers to freedom.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    Actions have consequences, and people who make bad decisions, including unwed parenthood, will inevitably suffer bad consequences.

    That is their problem, not mine, and I hugely resent their entitlement mentality that makes them believe that taxpayers who make smart decisions somehow owe them money to fix the problems of their own making.

    Rewarding bad behavior and bad decisions only perpetuates the problem. People need to learn from their bad decisions, and thus educate others to avoid making similar mistakes.

    Heartless? No, very compassionate! This would be trying to fix the root cause of the problem, not hide it by seizing the assets of hard working people to cover the symptoms resulting from bad decisions.

  • Daniel Moir Murray, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    All raising minimum wage does anyway is reduce the value of the paychecks above minimum wage and trigger inflation. It's a nice gesture, but completely useless in resolving poverty. I agree with Brooks, we need to be looking at the social causes which people don't want to talk about, because married people, people who graduate high school, or college, generally do better and have more upward mobility than those who do not marry, or graduate.