In another example of failed Republican logic, one Oklahoma congressman thinks he might have solved the problem of poverty. Draft legislation, HB1908, authored by House Speaker T.W. Shannon, will set aside funding from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program for statewide public service announcements.
Marriage is the best tool to fight poverty. Get married, stayed marriage and you won’t be poor.
Instead of concentrating on the economics of the problem of poverty, the focus has been more on reducing out-of-wedlock births and increasing the rates and stability of marriages. That direction undoubtedly pleased the highly-active, highly-vocal Christian Right which plays an important role in local politics in the state. For example, in the past, members of one group took the last Speaker of the House to task on such issues as not supporting a ban on Islamic law, not opting out of Affordable Health Care, for not restricting immigration and and any support for anti-gun laws.
In this two part series, the questions are: Where does this idea come from? What's the truth behind single mother and poverty? And why is this such a bad idea?