The sad fact is that we're pouring $112 Billion a year supporting the offspring of divorced and unwed mothers.
From the AP newswire:
|Divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing cost U.S. taxpayers more than $112 billion a year, according to a study commissioned by four groups advocating more government action to bolster marriages.Sponsors say the study is the first of its kind and hope it will prompt lawmakers to invest more money in programs aimed at strengthening marriages. Two experts not connected to the study said such programs are of dubious merit and suggested that other investments — notably job creation — would be more effective in aiding all types of needy families.There have been previous attempts to calculate the cost of divorce in America. But the sponsors of the new study, being released Tuesday, said theirs is the first to gauge the broader cost of "family fragmentation" — both divorce and unwed childbearing.The study was conducted by Georgia State University economist Ben Scafidi. His work was sponsored by four groups who consider themselves part of a nationwide "marriage movement" — the New York-based Institute for American Values, the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, Families Northwest of Redmond, Wash., and the Georgia Family Council, an ally of the conservative ministry Focus on the Family.|
We're spending about 4.1% of GDP on defense spending.
In contrast we spend almost 15% of GDP on education.
So aside from the common-sense understanding that out-of-wedlock births are disasterous for our society, we now have cold hard data that divorce and illegitimacy are costing us billions per year in law enforcement, productivity and social programs.
So while Shineequa's 6 kids are out running drug sales on the block, all while she collects a fat LINK and Section 8 voucher
from the State - we're dealing with blaming the police for stopping 40+ people from getting shot over last weekend.