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Friday, June 11, 2010

Democratic Subsidizing of Unmarried Women

The Obama Administration has introduced 83 bills in Congress to subsidize the living costs of single moms. That means taxpayer incentives to avoid marriage. Most of these bills have acronyms with cutesy titles.

The HIRE Act, which stands for Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment, would "particularly benefit" unmarried women because women hold three-quarters of jobs in the education and health services industry. The WAGES Act, which stands for Wage Act and Gains for Employment in Services would improve the pay of "traditionally female jobs" in child care, early childhood education, and health care. The PACT Act, which stands for Pathways Advancing Career Training, and the SECTORS Act, which stands for Strengthening Employment Clusters To Organize Regional Success, would give funding to states to provide training and access to nontraditional high-wage jobs and careers for women.

mThe FIRST Act, which stands for Family Income to Respond to Significant Transitions, and the FEPPLA Act, which stands for Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, would give women paid family leave. The SAFE Act, which stands for Security and Financial Empowerment, would make women eligible for leave for a variety of problems connected with alleged domestic violence.

The Democratic Congress repealed the essence of Republican welfare reform last year by providing bonuses to states that increase their spending on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, known as TANF. Single moms make up 90% of TANF recipients.

Even if all these 83 bills don't pass, they illustrate the worldview of Obama Democrats and feminists. The bills demonstrate how welfare spending, which was started primarily to help widows with young children, has in the hands of government ballooned into an anti-marriage spending monster.

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