Ignoring an Inequality Culprit: Single-Parent Families

Suppose a scientific conference on cancer prevention never addressed smoking, on the grounds that in a free society you can’t change private behavior, and anyway, maybe the statistical relationships between smoking and cancer are really caused by some other third variable. Wouldn’t some suspect that the scientists who raised these claims were driven by something—ideology, tobacco money—other than science?

Yet in the current discussions about increased inequality, few researchers, fewer reporters, and no one in the executive branch of government directly addresses what seems to be the strongest statistical correlate of inequality in the United States: the rise of single-parent families during the past half century. (Source)

The same holds true in Canada.Statistics Canada’s own figures show that single-parent families are a huge source of poverty and fare much worse than two-parent families. Check this out:

About 571,000 children aged 17 and under, or 8.5% lived in low income in 2011, also unchanged from 2010. For children in lone-parent families headed by a woman, the incidence was 23.0%, while for children living in two-parent families, the incidence was 5.9%, both unchanged from 2010. (Source)

So children in lone-parent families headed by a woman, virtually the only type of single-parent family, have a poverty incidence roughly four times as high as families with two parents (note: it’s two parents, not two income-earners, although many may have two income-earners). These single parents are almost always the result of broken families, with the father often abandoning his responsibilities and leaving the mother to fend by herself with the kids.

This is a huge poverty burden on women. Yet, the media, policymakers and politicians choose to ignore the matter. They pretend that more government programs will solve the problem. Well, here’s a news flash for you: we already have tons of programs in place, and we keep adding more, but the problem isn’t going away because we’re not attacking the root cause.

We need to start a discussion on the complex issue of how to fix our families. Just because there’s no simple solution doesn’t mean we should bury our heads in the dirt as to what the causes are.

3 thoughts on “Ignoring an Inequality Culprit: Single-Parent Families

  1. Squeaks, the feminists would never allow the truth to hit them squarely between the eyes: they need a man to have an intact family.

  2. A democratic Western World who has killed the Christian consensus by ruling it unconstitutional in government, law,education etc., and embraced hedonism, in which every person does his own thing gets what it asked for. When the democratic majority including so-called christians etc., allow impressionable schoolchildren to be perverted in schools by adult schoolteachers and anti-family activists, what else could you expect from such an engineered society?
    Canadian Children do tell their parents what these anti-family activists perform for them in schools, as entertainment, by so-called Canadian human rights and social justices. Secularism is not neutral as it dishonestly claims to be, but imposes it’s morality through secular law,starting with young males and females in schools.

    The laws we live by are made by elected politicians, who pass Bills into law. The society who elects these people to rule over them is responsible,even if they continue to confess regularly,but do not change where it counts. Trying to build a society on hedonism eventually leads to chaos. This ought to change if our elected leaders and voting public would act responsibly.

  3. Squeaker single families caused by no-fault divorce ,Kinsey Sex ED or indifference folly are a drain on our energy. There are others who we are obligated to care for. Now at least twice as many broken homes have to be cared for and energised. When the voting majority in Western Civilization agree’s to teach Kinsey Sex Education as a right starting with kindergarteners, they engineer a musical beds society.The businesses who make multiplied billions from this like it to continue forever. In a democracy the voting public is responsible for the Bills passed into law, by the politicians they elect to rule over them.The politicians morality and decisions also rule over schoolchildren, as legalized so-called human rights and social justices. Why is this considered rocket science that no one can understand today,or are they just to apathetic and indifferent to give a damn?

    I started school in Canada with The Lord’s Prayer. My parents and grandparents were politically active to keep it that way. So were the majority of Canadians until about 1962, when humanity started worshiping itself,and all hell was loosened by our voting democratic public.
    What hinders the majority of Canadians today especially those who call themselves Christians etc.? Don’t blame The Triune God when your society believes The Lord’s Prayer to be unconstitutional. Who is most responsible for this, and who can change it in our democracy?

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