Because of pressure from several activist groups, we have allowed powerful incentives to discourage marriage and actually favor women forgoing marriage and bearing children without marriage. Our income tax system used to advantage the traditional married couple raising their own children, but now it seems to be just the opposite. Political strategists advise candidates not to talk about the social issues, but the fact is that you can’t talk about fiscal issues without addressing social issues because taxpayers’ money is spent mostly on 78 types of taxpayer handouts to deal with social problems, including food, housing, child care, school lunch programs and even school breakfast. Other programs are incentives built into tax credits or tax reductions of various kinds. Several years ago, a very prominent Governor who could have been elected President took this bad advice and called for a "truce" in talking about social issues. That killed his candidacy.
The public is almost totally unaware of the size and scope of taxpayer spending on poverty, and that’s why we call it the Hidden Welfare State. You need to know the details of what is hidden; that’s why you need my new book called Who Killed the American Family? The awesome fact is that we have spent more on the War on Poverty since it was started by Lyndon Johnson than we have spent on all the wars the United States ever fought.
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