Posts tagged "poverty"

For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage

This is sad. That means ever increasing numbers of children are being raised by a single parent. Even the New York Times recognizes that this is a problem. The shift is affecting children’s lives. Researchers have consistently found that children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional and... Read more »

Occupy Chicago is right about one thing, but....

Occupy Chicago and other practitioners of those new and spreading protests want us to better understand and empathize with the poor. So let’s work on that. The U.S. Census Bureau provides evidence that America is in the grip of a poverty pandemic, as the occupiers would have it: Last year, more than 15 percent of... Read more »

A cure for poverty

Abstract:Government anti-poverty programs share the flawed assumption that poverty in America is primarily a material problem that can be solved by increased welfare and entitlement spending. Poverty in America is often the result of a relational problem, such as fatherlessness or community breakdown, which government programs cannot adequately address. However, the institutions of civil society–family,... Read more »

Understanding poverty: Clues from Chicago and conservatives

Tribune photo by Walter Kale. The Robert Taylor Homes are gone, but not the poverty that the projects symbolized “Family values” it turns out has had more to do with the “culture of poverty,” than has been conceded for the past couple of decades, according to new social science research and thinking. The trend is... Read more »

The mote in Felipe Calderon's eye

What is it about Mexico that has made it an habitually impoverished nation? The one thing in the illegal immigration debate that everyone seems to agree with is the fact of Mexico’s perpetually miserable economy. Such as: Mexicans are sneaking into the United States because they’re fleeing poverty. Poverty is the root cause of the... Read more »

Health, race, unions and Wal-Mart

A new study reveals that health disparities between black and white people in Chicago is increasing. A number of explanations are possible, including this one, offered by, Steve Whitman, director of the Sinai Urban Health Institute, which did the study: “The underlying issue here is racism and poverty,” Whitman said. “In Chicago, it’s exacerbated by... Read more »
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