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Single motherhood, cultural issues ignored in income inequality debate, N.Y. Times columnist says

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Published: Wed, Jan. 22 8:50 a.m. MST

 Single motherhood is just one of the moral and cultural issues that is being ignored by many of those speaking out against income inequality, according to a column by The New York Times.

Single motherhood is just one of the moral and cultural issues that is being ignored by many of those speaking out against income inequality, according to a column by The New York Times.

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Single motherhood is just one of the moral and cultural issues that is being ignored by many of those speaking out against income inequality, according to a column by The New York Times.

Columnist David Brooks recently wrote about how complex cultural issues — like single motherhood and dropping out of high school — are lumped together to try and simplify economic inequality and the inability to move around the social ladder.

Single mothers and high school dropouts are “people stuck on the margins” of social mobility and can’t rise or move in the social structure, Brooks said. And those who are blaming the inability to move up the social ladder on low incomes are ignoring moral, social and cultural issues in the United States, he wrote.

“Low income is the outcome of these interrelated problems, but it is not the problem. To say it is the problem is to confuse cause and effect,” Brooks wrote. “To say it is the problem is to give yourself a pass from exploring the complex and morally fraught social and cultural roots of the problem. It is to give yourself permission to ignore the parts that are uncomfortable to talk about but that are really the inescapable core of the thing.”

Read Brooks’ full column on NYTimes.com.

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1. Daniel Moir
Murray, UT,
Jan. 23, 2014

All raising minimum wage does anyway is reduce the value of the paychecks above minimum wage and trigger inflation. It's a nice gesture, but completely useless in resolving poverty. I agree with Brooks, we need to be looking at the social causes which people don't want to talk about, because married people, people who graduate high school, or college, generally do better and have more upward mobility than those who do not marry, or graduate.

2. DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
Jan. 23, 2014

Actions have consequences, and people who make bad decisions, including unwed parenthood, will inevitably suffer bad consequences.

That is their problem, not mine, and I hugely resent their entitlement mentality that makes them believe that taxpayers who make smart decisions somehow owe them money to fix the problems of their own making.

Rewarding bad behavior and bad decisions only perpetuates the problem. People need to learn from their bad decisions, and thus educate others to avoid making similar mistakes.

Heartless? No, very compassionate! This would be trying to fix the root cause of the problem, not hide it by seizing the assets of hard working people to cover the symptoms resulting from bad decisions.

3. Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID,
Jan. 23, 2014

Of course there is income inequality! People are inherently unequal in abilities, capacities, talents, opportunities, and motivation. So what? Each individual does the best with what s/he can.

It is not, nor has it ever been, the constitutional role of government to make them more equal, only to "regulate," which means "to make regular," to prevent illegal barriers to freedom.

4. Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 23, 2014

Didn't Johnson war on poverty solve any of the issues? Nope. The left thinks it's a success, because they stole from producers to give to those who don't produce for themselves. That's not a success story. That's shifting incoming water from the front of the Titanic to the back, to make sure the ship sinks evenly.

Instead of just handing out condoms to children and tell them to have fun and explore. Why don't we educate them. Explain how sex works. Explain the costs of having a baby. Explain the responsibilities they need. Explain to the girl that she should pick a mate that will help her. Explain to the boy that he needs to be responsible for his actions. Explain that when they produce children before they're ready to have them, they will most likely fail to become their full potential in life.

Instead the left feels the solution isto subsidize abortions and encourage our children to slaughter their children.What countries in the past, does that sound like? Does it sound any better under the banner of "womens choice" or "our bodies our choice"?As if sex wasn't a choice.

5. Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 23, 2014

@DN Subscriber
"people who make bad decisions, including unwed parenthood,"

This is something I never understand (not specifically you necessarily but the comment made me think of it). One would think pro-lifers would be more encouraging of women facing difficult situations who chose life.