Marriage crisis is not driving income inequality, but the latter may be causing the former

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 17, 2014 2:28 a.m.


    I think in time Gandhi will be proven right in this country. In fact, it has happened on small levels in the past and even now (in certain places). At the very least that McDonald's employee won't care too much about screwing up your order...

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 17, 2014 2:26 a.m.

    I will throw this one out there. A lot of men aren't exactly lying around in the basement in their underwear playing video games. A lot of men (and women for that matter) are working two or even three jobs to pay the bills. This puts a strain on any marriage. This makes it harder to be a more effective parent. This is how I see our economy hurting marriage and families.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    May 16, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Money is the root of all evil? marital strife included?

    No, THE LOVE of Money the root of all evil, marital strife included.

    It is not what you have or don't have. It is the way you let your lust for money sour your attitude that makes you miserable. Very poor people in very poor countries marry, and find happiness, without a fraction of the monetary things we Americans have.

    If you think the rich caused your divorce, you are fooling yourself.

    If you think the rich caused you to create a baby out of wedlock, you are fooling yourself.

    It ain't the money. Blaming the money is a cop-out.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    May 16, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    Ghandi made the statement, I'm paraphrasing, that when the worker tells the Capitalist that he won't work for the wages he is is being offered, then the capitalist will change his wages! Capitalism is not the culprit. Capitalism is the best system ever created for creating wealth. Don't kill the goose that can lay the golden egg! When you have millions of citizens with low self worth, abetted by low morals (Marriage brings a lot of benefits, but mostly it is an institution made by God), they become "victims" of those who would take advantage of them! The answer is teaching children about God, which gives boys and girls (soon to be men and women) the principles that will change the way they view themselves. This philosophy runs counter to the prevailing "answers",nevertheless, it is true. Marriage, and that honorably, makes men go to work! As society continues to seek for answers, they are missing out on the most important element for a stable society, marriage! Instead of confronting the real issues in society(men honoring women and God), we want the easy answer, such as blaming Capitalism, or worse, government subsidies for bad behavior!

  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    May 16, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    "...Yet you seem to waste a lot of time playing video games..."
    This is the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about. This is the root cause of why more single women are settling for cohabitation and more men see dating as a waste of time when the cow is free and they can spend all their pocket money at Best Buy.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    May 16, 2014 10:03 a.m.


    Where in Baker's editorial did she mention hate and jealousy? You are projecting conservative talk radio "talking points" onto an editorial about the causes of inequality that is simply hard to disagree with. And why do you think liberals are filled with hate and jealousy? Most are simply filled with concern for the downtrodden and disenfranchised. But go ahead, live in your fantasy world, where you can blame the poor for their own misfortune by blindly claiming that they are poor because they are lazy, and they are takers because they are selfish. Please turn off Fox News.

    And DesNews, please, please keep Mary Baker. Her calm and rational explanations are needed in a state so overrun with paranoia.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 16, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    The highly touted 'traditional marriage' always seems to be in crisis here. Maybe we should mix it up a bit...

    May 16, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    Is this horse not dead yet?

  • E Sam Provo, UT
    May 16, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    Excellent piece!!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 16, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    So, DesNews, lifting families up economically is good for marriage and family life. Your opposition to raising the minimum wage and your loud support for all things Republican are actually harming your cause of helping build stronger families. Think it through. Don't be so partisan. Moral issues go beyond SSM and abortion. For example, unfettered carrying and use of guns in our society. The degradation of the environment. The right wingers who flaunt the law, including court decisions, because they want to take public lands for their own purposes. Growing income disparity, supported by the trend to give a disproportionate voice to wealthy interests to unduly drive our elected leaders. These and other issues are disturbing trends, and the media voice of the Church is oddly on board with the wrong side.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    May 16, 2014 7:27 a.m.

    Jealousy is not an economic policy.

    Hate accomplishes no good.

    Jealousy and hate are more destructive to low income people than rich people are.

    If democrats really want to narrow the income gap, they need to implement policies that will promote so much production in this country that companies are begging for workers, and new businesses can pop up and prosper. But that would limit their power, so they won't do it. They would rather blame the party not in power and hope the huddled masses continue to buy their lie.

    Until the common man can see that the democrats in office are keeping them in poverty to control them, they will continue to vote for those who will keep them in poverty.

    Maybe someday the people will wake up.

  • Gandalf Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    Spot on. Taking steps to encourage marriage and more stable families (thanks Judge Shelby!), is an important part of the discussion about how to deal with increasing income inequality. But the more significant causes of the increasing gap between haves and have nots over the last 30 years have been our tax policy, changing economy, the flight of good jobs to other countries, and the increased willingness and desire of the wealthy to hide assets in offshore tax havens. I'll know the Des News and other power players are serious about addressing this issue when they stop talking solely about families breaking up and discuss more significant causes of growing income and wealth inequality.

  • Unreconstructed Reb Chantilly, VA
    May 16, 2014 5:54 a.m.

    "What’s more, any social disintegration among low-wage workers, such as the failure to marry...may be a symptom of their economic malaise rather than its cause."

    Hitting the nail on the head.

    Who are you and what have you done with the real DN editorial board?!?!

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 16, 2014 1:20 a.m.

    David Tepper runs Appaloosa Management, last year he was the highest compensated hedge fund manager in the U.S. He made 3.5 billion dollars last year, which comes out to $1,750,000 per hour. If you understand hedge funds, they mainly make their money by stripping assets from the rest of the economy, not from creating anything of value.

    He did not make this amount because he is married.