New Study Reignites Single-Parent Debate

New Study Reignites Single-Parent Debate

There are 5 comments on the story from Sep 11, 2008, titled New Study Reignites Single-Parent Debate. In it, reports that:

Some experts say the income levels of single mothers is a concern, while others say single moms get an unwarranted bad reputation.

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Laramie, WY

#1 Sep 11, 2008
Plenty of single-parent families do quite well and kids turn out great, but I still think there's something to be said for having a strong father or mother influence in a child's life.
Daniel Insdorf

Mount Dora, FL

#2 May 18, 2009
By Dan Insdorf
Florida is now #1 in the country for births to single unwed mothers with a rate of 46.1%. Polk County scored over 50%. The national average is 39.7%. The Florida budget is projected to be 7 billion in the red and Florida has slashed services to the elderly, the disabled, the courts and education. The vast majority of single unwed mothers are parasitic tax takers and do not contribute into the tax system. Over 50% of Florida’s total budget goes to welfare and related services. A recent study conducted by Georgia State University of single unwed mothers and those divorced estimates the cost to society at $112 billion. These irresponsible women now absorb 25% of all Florida sales tax revenues. Their children represent 50% of the public school student population in Florida (52% of children in Orange County public schools are on subsidized lunch and or breakfast). This translates into 25% of the total school state budget for schools. Manatee Memorial Hospital saw 4300 inpatients covered by Medicaid in 2008, but the state only paid $17 million while the actual cost was $21 million. The biggest losses come from neonatal intensive care.
Pregnancy is the ticket into the welfare system for legal and illegal single unwed mothers. Chapter 0200/0230.0105 “Emergency Medicaid for Noncitizens (MFMA)”.
It is unfair to cut programs to the disabled and the elderly while continuing to encourage single unwed mothers with lavish benefits. The United States now has a higher birth rate than all of Continental Europe, as well as Australia, Canada and Japan( 4.3 million births in 2006 with 25% being hispanic). Experts think there is a mix of reasons that include a decline in use of contraceptives, poor education and poverty. I place the blame on lousy non-performing public schools.
1. Pregnancy and pre-natal care:$10,000 normal pregnancy to $1,000,000 neonatal with complications.
2. Post pregnancy: WIC program to feed the baby $400 per month, food stamps and social services
3. Day care:$600 per month per child.
4. Subsidized section #8 housing:$800 month with one child $1000 per month with 2 and $1400 with 3.
5. Public school:$14,000 per child per year ($20,000 per year for special education classes).
6. Social service counselors, drug rehabilitation, domestic violence and DCF
7. Prison and juvenile justice:$30,000 per year per inmate.(I estimate 75% of prison inmates were born into to single parent homes with no father). Police and the court system
Since our elected officials in Tallahassee apparently find it too difficult to stop lavish welfare payments to irresponsible single unwed mothers, they have attacked programs for our weak and vulnerable low income elderly and the disabled. I work with seniors on Medicare and have personally seen elimination of two basic programs: Many low income senior citizens who previously qualified for full Medicaid, have now been changed to “medically needy share of cost”. In effect, unless there is a catastrophic illness, seniors must now pay for the 20% Medicare does not pay for pat “B” expenses. Their share of cost amount starts over each month and is not figured on an annual basis.
The second program that has been cut is the payment of the $96.40 monthly Medicare Part “B” premium. By eliminating this basic benefit, many seniors will now be forced to enroll in Medicare HMOS
Peter Konsoulas

Loxahatchee, FL

#3 Sep 7, 2011
You can have all the children you want, wed or unwed.
One pre-requisite; be in a position to afford them, pay for their medical care, and help make them become productive members of society. They are not puppies or dolls that are to be discarded when they are no longer "cute". Unwed teen maternity used to be something that was not celebrated and repeated.
Now a mainstay, particularly among lower socio-economic stradas. Producing offspring when one cannot support themselves should be criminal and not a right of passage to manhood as it is now viewed amongst too many male minorities.
I may not have all the answers but I can certainly think of a couple of radical suggestions to ending this cycle of madness, starting with mandatory birth control for all welfare mothers and fathers.
ashlee-rose dutcher

Denver, CO

#4 Mar 7, 2012
i agree with it because its complitly true

Ocala, FL

#5 Jun 16, 2014
To "Daniel Insdorf"
Dear Dan, as Maimonides pointed out ...a woman is not to be blamed for she was carried away by her passion but the man's act is voluntary. Why can't the government require the father to provide? After all, the farmer plants the seed so what grows is his to care for.

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