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Letters: Escaping Poverty

Posted: January 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Some seek to “fight poverty” by expanding welfare programs and extending benefits. These might maintain the “status quo” but are not an effective response to poverty and the social breakdown in America.

Long-term dependence on government programs does not do justice to human dignity nor individual and family aspirations for a better future.

A Brookings Institute’s study ( found that graduating from high school, getting a job and waiting to get married and have kids — until at least the early 20s — drastically reduces one’s chances of being poor.

Evidence and experience testify that traditional marriage reduces the probability of childhood poverty by 80 percent (

More Americans can escape poverty if religious and civic leaders will defend traditional marriage, while promoting work ethics and welfare-spending restraints.

Any public policy that lifts up, honors and heals the family will be good for all Americans.



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