Marriage has been discriminated against by the vast expansion of the welfare state launched by London Johnson's War on Poverty in the 1960s. Enormous subsidies are handed out from the U.S. Treasury through more than 70 means-tested programs, mostly to unmarried moms with children. This money costs the U.S. taxpayers more than $800 billion a year, which is more than the defense budget. The absence of marriage is the biggest cause of poverty and a major cause of unbalanced budgets and our colossal national debt. Any candidate who claims to be pro-marriage should favor eliminating the sections of the tax code that reward non-marriage with lower taxes. Family allowances and child credits should be reserved for married parents who are raising their own children.
Liberals want to continue these handouts which subsidize non-marriage and illegitimacy because that creates dependency on government, and, in turn, creates votes for Democrats. We should not let partisan politics dictate our marriage policy.
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