Terry Jeffrey

In Falls Church, 53.1 percent of households were married-couple families, and 7.8 percent were families headed by a woman with no husband present. In Wilcox County, 34.7 percent of the households were married-couple families and 30.5 percent were headed by a woman with no husband present.

Liberals have argued for years that the answer to poverty in the United States is more government investment in education and social welfare programs. Has it worked? The answer is yes for the people in the City of Falls Church (near the border of which this writer lives). They have done very well administering and contracting with an expanding government, or doing business with those who do. But the answer is no for Wilcox County.

What is the answer? Maybe it is time for the government to start getting out of the education business and the dependency business.

Give every child in Wilcox County -- and in every other American jurisdiction -- a voucher worth as much as it costs to send a child to public school. Let parents, if they wish, send their children to private and religious schools, where they reinforce, rather than seek to replace, the family.

Then start phasing out the federal welfare state.

Eventually, that might mean less wealth and power for government employees in places like Falls Church, Va., but it will make life richer and better not only for Americans in Wilcox County, but for future generations in every community in this country.


Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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