Wince of the Week, June 21-June 28, 2014, excerpted from “Child Poverty: Getting Past the Single- Mom Misdirect,” by Sheila Suess Kennedy on Inequality.org:
With a child poverty rate of 22 percent, the United States ranks first among rich countries for children living in poverty.
Congressional Republicans like Paul Ryan and state-level politicians like Indiana Governor Mike Pence blame child poverty on single mothers and insist that incentivizing marriage will solve the child poverty problem.
This “solution” ignores a simple fact: Other countries with rates of unwed motherhood much like ours in the United States have far lower child poverty rates. In the Scandinavian nations, for instance, child poverty rates hover around 3 percent.