Fox News’ Chris Stewart foresaw the 2012 loss: “The most dangerous demographic trend for Republicans isn’t the approaching “minority majority” or the slowing of the growth of America’s exurbs. It’s the decline of marriage rates.”
How federal social policy reshaped culture
Today, the average woman is financially better off becoming a single mother earning $29,000 annually and taking welfare (slide 8) than she is marrying, having an income of $69,000 and joining the taxpaying middle class. Welfarism sees children as “income producing assets”. Approximately 30 percent of Americans receive long-term means-tested benefits for not marrying.
The trend is now serious. William J. Bennett believes conservatives lost the culture war. Mytheos Holt declared the Reagan Coalition “dead.” We are watching middle-class America transform into a largely-unmarried, troubled electorate. Instead of running away from “social issues”, the Republican Party would do well to adopt an honest marriage socioeconomic policy as the cornerstone of their platform.
Federal policies are destroying marriage and have been reshaping our culture for decades. Abortion, rape, homosexuality, poverty, national healthcare, and deficits are symptoms of our failure to embrace pro-marriage policies.
The days of moralizing about single mothers and threatening massive budget cuts are also over. Can anyone blame single mothers and their boyfriends for doing what federal policy strongly encourages them to do? Can anyone blame them for voting for the candidate who offers to bring them the most generous gravy train?
Taking the lead on social policy
Republicans must take the lead on core social issues. We must replace “Welfare to Work” with “Welfare to Success”. It’s time to migrate millions of unhappy poor from the transient shack of cohabitation to the happiness and stability of marriage.
Most of the “marriage gap” Obama voters desire to lead reasonably good, self-directed lives in reasonably safe neighborhoods. Marriage socioeconomic policy promises much better lives for unmarried individuals.
Marriage-gap voters will not let go of subsidies until Republicans offer them safer, happier lives. Supply-side economics applied to social policy can help people live far happier lives. Methods and metrics used to measure the economy must be applied to measure success of public assistance programs and their impact on marriage.
The “three-legged stool” will keep falling over so long as social conservatives have to beg for a seat at the Republican Party table. Phyllis Schlafly correctly pointed out that Republicans must be “the party of family, good jobs, and superior weaponry that keeps America safe without war.”
The “10 Marriage Economic Policies” by the Center for Marriage Policy are the road map to restoring America’s social and economic
Infrastructure. The Republican Party must either take the marriage- policy high road or get used to Democrat domination in Washington and liberal states for the foreseeable future.