What Causes Poverty In America?
"'We know what the cause of poverty is in this country
and, like it or not, it's divorce and nonwedlock childbearing,'
said Dr. Steve Nock,
a family demographer and professor of sociology at the University of Virginia.
'We know that for every three divorces,
one family ends up below the poverty line,' Dr. Nock said.
'The average woman with dependent children who ends up in poverty
stays poor for eight months.
The federal government pays for part of that,
but states pay up the balance.
Divorce, by itself, is a major economic issue."
- New York Times, "Bible Belt Couples 'Put Asunder' More, Despite New Efforts," May 2001)
or to get a second opinion . . .
"Nearly three-fourths of children in single-parent families
will experience poverty by age 11,
vs. about one-fifth of children in two-parent families.
Children from intact families
are less likely to give birth out of wedlock or get in trouble with the law
- both of which end up costing the government a bundle."
- "Going To the Chapel," Time Magazine, June 10th, 2002
So, what do you think?
- or more importantly,
what do we, your trusty LiveReal Agents, think?
We think . . .
The points made above are great ones. But at the same time, they essentially redirect the whole difficult and complex issue of "POVERTY" to a different issue that is also difficult and complex. Namely, that of relationships.
Assume, for the sake of argument, that Dr. Nock's theory is correct.
Poverty is caused by divorce and nonwedlock childbearing.
So assuming poverty is something, in general, bad,
if we want to eliminate poverty,
We need to understand divorce and nonwedlock childbearing.
So what, then, is the cause of divorce?
And "nonwedlock childbearing"?
What keeps marriages together?
And what can be done about it?
Here's where we have to dig a little deeper . . .
. . . deeper into yet the burning topics
that your valiant and underappreciated LiveReal Agents
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