Jonathan put it better: "Well, let's say that single mothers are more vulnerable to economic shocks and are more concerned about the safety net." Much more diplomatic. Single voters were...
The decline in marriage rates should not be surprising, but they should still be distressing. Ms. Charen didn't discuss just how much marriage laws have changed since 1970. There is now much less incentive for couples to get married. I have experience with this in my own family. My oldest sister actually could not marry her boyfriend because doing so would have led them both to take on her college debt, which would have ruined them both. They eventually did get married, but the way the laws were structured made that seriously detrimental.
Discussing the role of single people in the election of 2012 on my weekly podcast with Jay Nordlinger "Need to Know" (available on Ricochet.com or Nationalreview.com), your humble columnist chose the insensitive way to address it. Chatting with Jonathan V. Last of The Weekly Standard about his piece "A Nation of Singles," I popped off that "Single mothers want the state to be their husbands and father to their children."
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