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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oh, How America Has Changed

USA Today published one of its colorful front pages detailing how America has not only grown dramatically in population over the last two decades, but has radically changed ethnically, geographically, and culturally. The most costly of the many changes is the fact that having children has become increasingly detached from marriage. Illegitimate births for all Americans have risen from 26% in 1990 to 41% today "and could be headed higher." Among Hispanics, illegitimacy is 53%, among blacks it's 73%, and among whites it has risen to a shocking 29%. This extraordinary change is the primary reason that government budgets, both federal and state, are so bloated. Without fathers to provide for these millions of children, their mothers turn to Big Brother Government.

The bipartisan budget deal slashed our military budget but kept welfare-state handouts mostly off limits. The fact is that "the welfare state is winning the budget war." The Heritage Foundation reports that 77 types of federal means-tested handouts already cost the taxpayers $522 billion a year before Obama took office. Obama increased that giant amount to $697 billion per year. Now, half of Americans depend for their living expenses in whole or in part on government handouts paid by the other half who pay federal income taxes. That was exactly what Obama planned to do when he told Joe the Plumber he wanted to redistribute the wealth and told Chicago Radio Station WBEZ that the Supreme Court wasn't radical enough because it "never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth."

In Ronald Reagan's famous caveat, when you subsidize something you get more of it. So the subsidies to women who have no husbands in the house have promoted more and more children growing up without fathers.

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