In the last few days I have read several articles regarding income inequality and upward mobilty among the various sectors of US society. Paul Ryan was even asked about it during his speech at Heritage. Then I read an article by Rich Lowry at National Review Online this morning and this line stood out:
If Americans finished high school, worked full-time at a job that matched their skills, and married at the rate they did in the 1970s, the poverty rate would be cut by 70 percent.
It seems to me that we are becoming a class based society, but not because of Wall Street. Millions of Americans from all races and ethnicities are shooting themselves in the foot by having children out of wedlock and dropping out of school. Then their children do the same thing and it becomes self perpetuating.
Politicians (especially Republicans) are terrified of addressing this because when you say "out of wedlock births" or "drop out rate" liberals scream DOG WHISTLE. They automatically associate those terms with racial minorities. But the numbers tell a different story. It has become acceptable and in some cases celebrated (on TV, movies and glowing news stories) to be a single mom or an absentee father.
Unless there is a huge cultural shift in the US in the near future, this trend will not only continue, but get exponentially worse. It is a crying shame that no one has the guts to speak plainly about it.