Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Family values

We wonder if the Center for Economic and Policy Research's Dean Baker thought through the implications of this admission;
...by keeping families intact, children are likely to have better upbringings and do better in school. This means that the next generation will on average will have happier more productive lives....
 Baker assumes (circularly) that the Federal government running deficits to keep the parents employed will result in that, which is, to say the least, debatable, however there are many possibilities for 'keeping families intact' that might not resonate with the left wing of the American electorate.

Does Baker want to re-think our divorce laws?  Same-sex marriage (where no children CAN result)?  99 weeks of unemployment benefits?  Entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare funded with payroll taxes that discourage businesses from hiring?

Just to name a few (how about the current public school system?) rife with possibilities for the big debate tonight.

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