Liberals like to scream about the causes of poverty. As with everything else they scream about, they cannot get their facts right.
Poverty is not caused by racism or injustice. It is caused by government policies. One of the biggest root causes of poverty is the government policies that create fatherless families.
From the Washington Times:
Nicole Hawkins‘ three daughters have matching glittery boots, but none has the same father. Each has uniquely colored ties in her hair, but none has a dad present in her life.
As another single mother on Sumner Road decked her row-house stoop with Christmas lights and a plastic Santa, Ms. Hawkins recalled that her middle child’s father has never spent a holiday or birthday with her. In her neighborhood in Southeast Washington, 1 in 10 children live with both parents, and 84 percent live with only their mother.
In every state, the portion of families where children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly over the past decade. Even as the country added 160,000 families with children, the number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million. Fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father, and nearly 5 million live without a mother. In 1960, just 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers.
America is awash in poverty, crime, drugs and other problems, but more than perhaps anything else, it all comes down to this, said Vincent DiCaro, vice president of the National Fatherhood Initiative: Deal with absent fathers, and the rest follows.
People “look at a child in need, in poverty or failing in school, and ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ But what we do is ask, ‘Why does that child need help in the first place?’ And the answer is often it’s because [the child lacks] a responsible and involved father,” he said.
The government policies that liberals champion have created an expressway to poverty. In the inner city, women with three, four or five children all with different fathers is not uncommon. The women don’t care if they get pregnant. After all, the government is there to give them money. The men just want to be able to have sex with a woman without the commitment of marriage. Unfortunately, the welfare programs in this nation encourage illegitimacy and punish the creation of families.
The simple truth is, one of the fastest ways to avoid poverty is not to have children until you are married and stay married once you have children.
That truth is so simple, even a liberal should be able to understand it.