Marriage guarantees the lowest poverty rates regardless of economic conditions. Marriage is the best pathway to upward mobility and economic success, most notably for individuals in lower income groups.
The graph below reveals other astonishing truths:
- Significant reductions in poverty levels occurred during the economic boom prior to implementation of the first “Great Society” programs, when marriage rates were high. Programs implemented since 1964 have demonstrated no impact reducing poverty, but enabled growth of destructive cultural thinking deprecating marriage.
- The “number of individuals in poverty” statistic widely recited in horror is misleading because it reflects population growth in addition to poverty. The “percent in poverty” is credible.
- We are nowhere near the poverty level of 23% in 1959. Government programs have demonstrated little or no impact on this metric since 1970.
- The number of individuals lacking health care coverage has hovered around 15% since 1986. Lack of coverage is not the pandemic misused to ram National Health Care through Congress.
- Poverty rates for unmarried women (most often with children) are approximately six times higher than for married women. Recessions impact unmarried mothers more steeply than the general population, most likely due to the fact that these households have only one income stream.