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 thing about incentives is that the existence of incentives and deterrents do not relieve people of the moral responsibility to do what is right. The specific type of case you're referring to is why I want to see the return of fault in divorce. If one partner leaves because he/she is bored, has fallen in love with someone else, or for some other reason outside the criteria I named earlier the presumption should be that the wronged spouse has priority in all aspects of the divorce. Nevertheless, the men in question still have the responsibility to act morally.
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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