I support Abby W. Schachter's vision in "A Proposal for Michelle Obama's Next Campaign" (op-ed, Jan. 15). It will take more than Mrs. Obama's voice to make such a change. It will require Mrs. Obama to advocate not just marriage, but also to encourage reforms to what were thought to be beneficial Great Society changes on both a federal and state level.He is exactly correct. The way to encourage marriage is to repeal all the laws with anti-marriage and anti-father incentives.
The laws have created perverse incentives against marriage, and they promote single motherhood and poverty. Mrs. Obama would need to advocate reforms to several laws: Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, with its financial incentives to keep dads out of the home; the well-sounding Violence Against Women's Act, which bypasses due process and has prevented many a father from contacting his child; the Bradley Amendment, which has thrown more fathers in jail and out of their kids lives for the crime of being broke; and even the tax code. On a state level, she must advocate for shared-parenting legislation to keep fathers, after separation and divorce, involved in their kids lives. Doing the aforementioned might help to bring back marriage and would be a positive benefit for kids foremost, and for all society.
Peter G. Hill
The Fatherhood Coalition
Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts
Friday, January 25, 2013
The WSJ had an op-ed proposing to encourage marriage, and published this reply: