April 29, 2015

PAY MARRIED COUPLES WITH KIDS A HIGHER BASIC INCOME:

A conservative anti-poverty agenda: Strengthening the family (Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, April 28, 2015, The Week)

[W]hat can public policy do to fix marriage and thus fight poverty? Not everything. But it can do some things.

The obvious thing is to more heavily favor marriage and child-bearing through the tax code. The tax code now favors investment in economic capital, and in human capital through various tax breaks and subsidies for education. But the most important incubator of human capital is the family. Favoring it even more would strengthen the family and indirectly help fight poverty.

Longer term, Christians and conservatives should start a grassroots movement against no-fault divorce. This is not politically feasible today. But it is important. No-fault divorce is the most deleterious reform to the family and the fabric of society of the past 50 years. Rolling back no-fault divorce would reduce divorce rates, strengthen marriage, and reduce poverty. While we're at it, Christian conservative should start encouraging people to get married earlier.

The social science evidence is clear: The alarming epidemic of divorce, illegitimacy, and abortion has massively harmful effects on the people who are affected and society at large. It also mainly affects people at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale. This ought to clearly convince us all of the need to put a pro-family agenda at the top of our minds, and should help us realize that it is one of our most important levers for fighting poverty.



Divorce May Increase Psychosomatic Symptoms in Teens: Study (Robert Preidt, April 27, 2015, HealthDay News) 

Teens may have an increased risk for psychosomatic symptoms -- physical problems caused by mental distress -- if their parents separate or divorce, a new study suggests.

Those who lived mostly with one parent due to a family breakup had the most psychosomatic symptoms, while those who lived in the same home with both parents had the fewest. Children whose parents had joint custody arrangements had fewer psychosomatic symptoms than those who lived mostly or only with one parent, but still had more than those who lived with both parents in the same home.

Posted by at April 29, 2015 7:36 PM
  

blog comments powered by Disqus
« ALL THAT JAZZ #24 | Main | YOU'RE NOT ACTUALLY A DEMOCRAT IF YOU WON'T ABIDE BY ELECTIONS: »