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The Wisdom of Dan Quayle

Mary of MO Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 7:30 AM
I know why marriage is breaking down. There are several reasons. Prime among them is the pressure the government is putting on married couples by taxes. In the 1950s and before, men married and were the sole support of their families. In the 1960s, thanks in large part to Betty Friedan and others, women - even married women who were mothers of young children- began to leave home to go to work. This was exacerbated by the passage of the laws of "The Great Society." Now very few mothers can afford to stay home with their families, and there is just too much pressure on the family, both economic and household workload. Few people, given a choice can stand up under all the pressure. Life was far more gracious when mothers were expected
Mary of MO Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 7:34 AM
to rear their children and keep house for their families and men were expected to support their families to the best of their ability. There wasn't a lot of unemployment then because half the population or more was employed at rearing the next generation rather than trying to break the glass ceiling. There was much less crime. Now, though, Uncle Sam gets to tax, not only the "breadwinner's" income, he gets to tax the incomes of all those people who are paid to do the work wives/mothers used to do because it was their responsibility. So don't look for Uncle Sam to make things any easier.

Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for The Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right."

In case you forgot (or never knew), let me fill you in on what Quayle was right about.

There once was a popular sitcom called "Murphy Brown." The title character, played by Candice Bergen, was a news anchor. The show had its moments, but it was also insufferably pleased with itself and its liberalism. At least until the arrival of the Aaron Sorkin oeuvre ("The West Wing," "The Newsroom"), it set the standard for such things.

Murphy Brown was rich,...