By Marilyn Snyder, Guest
Tea Party Patriot’s View: Hi, Mom. It’s me—America!
Today marked the sad end of one phase of my life— my children’s and grandchildren’s outgrown baby and toddler toys moved to their new home at the Family Services Association. Farewell Fischer Price, dollhouse, and mini-bike!
But I was lucky to live that phase compared to the young women of today. At least I experienced motherhood—both as a child and as a parent. Even better is grandmothering—the joy God gave us to compensate for surviving teenagers.
With fewer and fewer women choosing the traditional path of marriage and motherhood, American society is changing dramatically. Democrats and Progressives have brought us tax policies that make children a financial burden, a net decrease in family income over the last five years, and the longest sustained war in the history of the U.S.—the War on Poverty. American society is reaping the pitiful results of that do-gooder policy in amazingly negative ways. When President Lyndon Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty” in 1964, he had no idea it would long out-last the Vietnam
War and with about as much success. Fifty years after its implementation, the poverty rate has actually gone up from 14.2 percent back then to 15 percent in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This despite investing $20.7 trillion in 2011 dollars during that time. The unintended consequences on the family structure have been devastating.
Democratic politicians encouraged the proliferation of single mothers when they enacted welfare laws that made married women less eligible for assistance than women with no man in the home. Gradually these poor women learned to spurn marriage and instead embraced a new social pattern—they discovered that each out-of-wedlock child qualified them for more welfare money while a man in the home made them ineligible for benefits.
Marriage took a big hit. According to census data, almost 41 percent of 2012 births were out-of-wedlock compared to
the 1964 rate of around 17 percent.
And that’s not even the worst news!
George Washington University School of Public Health researchers discovered that, in 2010, almost half of all births, 48 percent, were paid for by Medicaid. Another name for Medicaid? You—the taxpayer. You paid for about 823,000 births in 2010 and about the same every year since. And the out-of-wedlock birth rate is rising every year.
And that also means that in that one year alone there were 823,000 children who did not have the benefit of a traditional family of wife and husband.
According to the Heritage Foundation’s analysis, children raised in “single-parent homes are four times more likely to be living in poverty than children reared by married parents of the same education level. Children who grow up without a father in the home are also more likely to suffer from a broad array of social and behavioral problems. The consequences continue into adulthood: Children raised by single parents are three times more likely to end up in jail and 50 percent more likely to be poor as adults.”
As a foster mom, I can tell you that each of our foster daughters who were from single mother homes suffered profoundly from social and behavioral problems, including alcoholism, chronic school absenteeism and promiscuity.
Married moms can counteract this vicious cycle of poverty and despair. According to the Heritage Foundation, marriage drops the probability a child will be poor by 82 percent. That’s huge!
What else is so great about motherhood? It’s the most important relationship you can have with another human being—mother/child. All your earliest memories are tied up around mom. A profound Jewish proverb says that God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. Tea parties around the country support conservative candidates who understand the importance of marriage and mothers. We want to help individuals like my foster children to escape that vicious cycle, find stable marriage partners, and have wonderful mothering experiences.
Thanks, Mom, and God bless America.
Marilyn Snyder is a member of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots. She is the mother of two and foster mother of six teenage girls. Contact her at PatriotMarilyn@gmail.com.