Enabling working class dropouts means no guys one can marry

From commentator Mona Charen,

Why are so many young women (64 percent of moms under the age of 30) having children out of wedlock? Nowhere is the class divide in America as wide as on the matter of marriage. College-educated men and women are sticking with the traditional order of marriage first and children second. Not only that, but they are far less likely to divorce than their parents’ generation was. Those with only some college or less, by contrast, are much less likely to marry before having children, and much more likely to divorce if they do marry.

McArdle was answering her own question in a sense. She noted that many who have studied the retreat from marriage among the uneducated propose the “working class men are garbage” hypothesis. According to this view, lots of young men are unemployed and playing video games all day. Why would a young woman want to marry such a loser? She’d just be getting another kid.

But as McArdle observes, someone is enabling that behavior on the part of the young man. Someone is providing a roof over his head, putting food in his belly and paying his power bill so that the game console stays on. Is it his parents? Or is it a young woman? If she has a child (possibly his child), she is eligible for a whole panoply of government assistance, including TANF, food stamps, WIC, housing assistance, low income home energy assistance, and much more. Thirty years ago, in “Losing Ground,” Charles Murray wondered whether the welfare state was enabling the sort of behavior that isn’t good for people — such as having children out of wedlock. More.

The main reason the welfare state functions that way is that so many former working class jobs have gone to eastern Asia.

Easing the hardship reduces the likelihood that working class citizens will begin to wonder about the progressive policies that enabled that.

It is a stage on the road to permanent progressive government. When prosperity fails, the more traditional citizens will be blamed. Just watch.

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  • Someone wants a permanent underclass.

  • Clink9

    Giving money for nothing is the root of all evil.

  • k

    immigrants come into this country TO TAKE THE JOBS FROM CDNS in
    -shops
    -warehouses
    -apprenticeship programs
    -personal support workers
    immigrants come in to this country because the education system is so foul for kids
    -Cdn kids DON’T KNOW THE BASICS but many foreign kids DO =DRILL pls!
    -Cdn kids with learning problems STILL getting IGNORED = SEGREGATION!
    -Schools NOT dealing with kids whose parents are anti-school but kids are smart whips!
    Immigrant Industry DOES NOT WANT TO LOSE THEIR JOBS …. THEY DON’T MIND THE REST OF US LOSING OUR JOBS … until…
    there’s no more money in the kitty to pay for THEIR FAT SALARIES & PENSIONS!
    The voting public can get rid of this treasonous department!
    ONE of the reasons !!!!…CRIME exists is because…
    TOO MANY PEOPLE NOT ENOUGH JOBS!
    IF YOU WANT A THIRD WORLD MENTALITY IN CANADA …!
    JUST FORCE THE PEOPLE ON HANDOUTS AND…
    HAND TO MOUTH EXISTANCE
    WHILE THE STATE EMPLOYEES LIVE IT UP!
    No good just regurgitating what is in the text books O’LEADERS of Society… Does the ideology fit the situation IS the question.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The divide here is economic, with those able to obtain and keep good jobs in a position to properly raise a family through marriage. Social services policies, on the other hand, actually encourage the breakup of families by imposing arbitrary limits on benefits based on joint versus individual incomes.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Because liberals still need wombs to some extent. They still need sperm but not the men that go with it. But soon enough they won’t need wombs either and the women will also get sent to the concentration camps.

  • Clausewitz

    Want to know why Men are not marrying Women any more? Spend a week in a family courtroom.