What a powerfully incorrect analysis of history! Great Society programs did not cause single parenthood without having specific policy riders in them. Republicans demanding that only single mothers receive AFDC created a situation where families had to split up in order to get aid to raise their families. Furthermore, there was one program, AFDC-UP that actually allowed poor families to stay together and still receive welfare benefits when they were destitute. It was available in a limited number of states. Thanks to Reagan, that program was cut. As a result, my parents had to get divorced in order for our family to get benefits in November 1981. His policy decision directly led to the splitting of my family. So, don’t talk about things you don’t know about. Republicans have been creating single parenthood in poor families since the 1960s by putting parameters around who could receive aid, forcing poor families to be split in order to survive. In addition, they cut welfare in such a way as to create extreme poverty for children. Every country but our own has children on welfare programs with much more generous benefits that don’t leave them hungry and beyond destitute.

In addition, women’s liberation began in 1970, which corresponds to the same time single parenthood began to rise, so the conflation of variables has to be analyzed. Many of the single parent families existed, because mothers finally felt they had the capacity to leave abusive relationships. Upper income women also felt they could have children without men in a newly liberated society.

Wages stagnated beginning in 1980 with people being productive yet not being compensated for their work. This was because of Reagan’s actions toward unions, specifically starting with the air traffic controllers union. The middle class was obviously not doing just fine if their work was not being compensated

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Apparently, you aren’t aware of the Savings and Loan scandal of the 1980s and how Reagan chose to handle it. You aren’t aware of these deregulations apparently.

“This bill is the most important legislation for financial institutions in the last 50 years. It provides a long-term solution for troubled thrift institutions. … All in all, I think we hit the jackpot.” So declared Ronald Reagan in 1982, as he signed the Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act.”

Of course, it went beyond that leading us to the crisis.

So, yes, it all began with Reagan. The dominoes fell from there. I didn’t say he did it all. I said he began it all. Clinton’s signature on all of the other deregulations came about during the Conservative era, because he was a Conservative Democrat working with a radically right wing Congress.

Since your analysis is ahistorical, full of holes, and cherry picked. If you have any other questions about history or need more specifics, I am happy to help.

Chances are I have a migraine. My spirit guides are Voltaire & Bierce. Considering making SJW into a religion. Genealogist

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