Left-leaning poverty experts are all in a tizzy this week about conservative arguments that the answer to poverty is marriage — to “stay in school, get married and have children — in that order,” as Ari Fleischer, a former press secretary for President George W. Bush, most recently put it.
They’re arguing that the best ways to combat the multigenerational cycle of poverty and near poverty that now traps one in three American women and 28 million children are education, decently paid jobs with benefits, high-quality child care and work supports like paid family leave.
These ideas aren’t new. They’re not sexy or exciting. And they’re certainly not likely to get any meaningful traction in our current Congress.
That’s why I’ve come up with a hot new idea. It’ll boost the marriage rate, combat child poverty and, very likely, promote no-cost family planning among the poor…
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