Back to the Future

Fixing the Family Infrastructure

Back to the Future: Fixing the Family Infrastructure

During a recent panel discussion, Ari Fleischer identified the “soft under belly” of vulnerable American society as the destruction of the family ( ) time index 27:15).  He stated that 25% of White families, 50% of Latino, and 75%  of Black families go to bed at night without a father in the home.  This situation is sadly a prime breeding ground for  the following consequences:

  •  Delinquency/incarceration (1 in 4 Black adult men in prison, 70% of men      come from fatherless homes)
  •  Low scholastic achievement
  •  Low financial status
  •  Fosters government dependency
  •  Fosters drug and gang connections
  •  Fosters unwed-teenage parenting
  •  Fosters abortion

So, if we continue on our present course, it would appear that more prisons, more cameras, more police, more government “surrogate-parenting” is in our future.  But how can we get to the root of the problem  and stop forever “trimming branches”  only to eventually have them grow back?

What if we take a step “back to the future”, back to what worked?  And what worked:  a committed two-parent marriage.  What if the government “incentivized” marriage rather than raised taxes to deal with crime and delinquency?  What if couples were “rewarded” for:

  • Participating in pre-marital counseling programs
  • Actually getting married
  • Waiting to have children after marriage
  • Every year of “staying” married until their youngest child turned 18

The reward(s) could be in the form of various compensations (money, exemptions, privileges, scholarships, tuition, etc.), but the bottom-line is a “win-win” for families and government.

3 Responses

  1. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  2. Brian

    I like these sentiments but I really don’t think paying people $$ to get/stay married with or tax money is a good way to achieve these goals.

    1. Bernie Hayes

      Think about this- we presently “pay” our citizens “assistance” to, hopefully, rise above their circumstances. It seems to work so well that many folks find it more “satisfying” to stay on the program than trek out on their own. It’s an incentive that’s been working in “reverse” for years. Let’s just turn it around.

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