Tuesday, June 05, 2012

An Economic Argument for the Traditional Family

In an op-ed piece from, of all places, the LA Times, Kay Hymowitz makes a stats-based economic case for getting married before having kids.  Much of it is due to self-selection - unskilled, low-earning women are more likely to be single mothers in the first place, but her citation of a Ron Haskins of the Pew Center is very telling:

"If young people do three things — graduate from high school, get a job and get married and wait until they're 21 before having a baby — they have an almost 75% chance of making it into the middle class."

There's a reason the traditional family came to be - it was evolutionarily advantageous despite males' biological imperative to reproduce with as many females as possible.

4 comments:

Fredo said...

despite males' biological imperative to reproduce with as many females as possible.

Huh?

ManBeast said...

Didn't you ever watch any nature shows? Drr, brr and grrillas all fight for the right to mate. The dominant manbeast propagates his genes. We're animals too, with only intellect keeping us from grunting on the office desk with the secretary all the time.

Fredo said...

I'm supposed to like girls?

Fredo said...

Joking aside, these facts were an oft-repeated part of Santorum's stump speech. I guess it's OK for the LAT to print now that Rick's dropped out.

What's also interesting is that this would, in some quarters, be considered "controversial," or even "hate speech."

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