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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Many Anti-Marriage Taxpayer Subsidies

Obama's health care bill will ratchet up federal welfare spending that already produces many financial incentives to remain single. These include the Earned Income Tax Credit, housing benefits, food stamps, child support enforcement, and the entire Great Society welfare apparatus. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously and accurately explained the disastrous results of welfare back in 1965. The welfare system created a matriarchy with millions of children lacking their father in the home.

It's no wonder that illegitimate birthrates are soaring and unmarried mothers now give birth to 4 out of every 10 babies born in the United States. Prior to 1970, most unmarried mothers were teenagers, but now women in their 20s have 60% of all babies born out of wedlock, and women over age 30 had another 17%.
Means-tested welfare programs already cost taxpayers close to $1 trillion a year (twice as much as national defense) and Obama's health care is projected to add another $2.5 trillion after all its provisions take effect. There's no end in sight to the increasing costs of these entitlements.

Liberal pollsters admit that "Unmarried women represent some of the most reliable Democratic supporters in the electorate" and are leading the charge for government health care.

It used to be that a husband was responsible for the financial support of his wife and children, but the feminist agenda calls for replacing husbands with Big Brother Government. The feminists call their movement "women's liberation," and Obama's subsidies for health care is one more way to help them achieve their goal. Hidden in the enormous federal budget are billions of dollars of taxpayer handouts that discriminate against traditional married couples, while rewarding single moms and their illegitimate offspring.

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