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...
Folks don't confuse cause and effect with correlation. It isn't the broken family that causes the poverty or lack of education; there is just a strong correlation between the factors and those people in those situations. There is a cycle of the behaviors that only the desire and willingness to work for a good education and better life can break. It is also not teachers' job to fix that. It is everyone's to change the attitude about a good education - that it takes work on the part of the student and others supporting that student. We have to return to valuing work and education to see an improvement. Stop the excuses. Encourage folks to work for a change.
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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