Over the last century, single-parent households have increased dramatically. The US is #1 in the world.
If you’re a Democratic politician you may therefore want more single-parents (just as you may want more illegal immigrants and public school students), but if you actually care about children then your primary question should be, “How can we increase two-parent households again?”
Fundamentally, the answer is to reduce the nanny state because Uncle Sam isn’t a good substitute for a father.
The best way to do this is to get the government out of marriage again.
For most of Western history, marriage was a private contract between two families. None of our founding fathers had a marriage license. Marriage licenses only became popular during the late 19th century because states wanted to “exert more control over who was allowed to marry,” e.g. ban interracial marriage.
Since government has been involved in marriage, they have done what they always do — taxed it, regulated it, and now redefined it. It is hard to argue that government’s involvement in marriage has made it better, a fact also not surprising to those who believe government does little right. — Rand Paul
Over 40% of marriages end in divorce. As a divorce lawyer said, “Marriage is like a lottery. You’re probably not going to win,” which explains why fewer people are buying marriage licenses. If any other product had this high of a failure rate it would’ve been recalled by now.
It’s hard to build a loving long-lasting relationship when Uncle Sam generally puts a gun to the husband’s head where upon request he’ll pull the trigger, therefore, giving the wife half + more.
Is it any wonder why the media mocks the subservient “doofus dad” while glorifying the independent “bad boy”?