You Should Be Married?

You Should Be Married?

You may not be aware of this but the federal government has been in the business of propagandizing the positive effects of marriage. Almost a billion dollars has been spent encouraging people to tie the knot.

Are you feeling all “marriagey” now? Yeah, me neither. I got a sneaking suspicion that the advertising blitz didn’t work very well.

And apparently the facts back me up. Please read the attached article.

James Pilant

Nearly A Billion Dollars Spent On Marriage Promotion Programs Have Achieved Next To Nothing | ThinkProgress

The millions the federal government has spent on programs aimed at promoting marriage and boosting marriage rates have had little discernible impact on marriage or divorce rates, according to new research from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research.

Since 2001, the government will have spent about $800 million on the Healthy Marriage Initiative (HMI) by the end of the fiscal year. That year was when the Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children & Families decided that strengthening marriage was one of the nine main priorities for the agency. Spending increased by $117 million between 2000 and 2010, including a $150 million boost as part of the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act, peaking at $142 million for 2009. HMI programs can use the money on marriage education, skills training, and mentoring programs, as well as public advertising campaigns and high school education programs.

Yet over that same time period, the country’s marriage rate continued its “precipitous decline” that started in the 1970s, falling 26 percent over the decade after 2000, the report finds. The divorce rate didn’t see much of a change.

via Nearly A Billion Dollars Spent On Marriage Promotion Programs Have Achieved Next To Nothing | ThinkProgress.

4 thoughts on “You Should Be Married?

  1. It may not be working and may need to be improved. The war on poverty created the greatest disincentive for marriage with ADC which gave single parents funding for singleness with children. As a result about 80% of African American children are born to single women and the rate for whites is about 50% and growing. The effect of this on poverty is well documented.

    On the other hand the feds are encentifizing marriage for LGBT persons And whether its co-habitating or marriage, single low income women have an almost impossible task of making ends meet. As much as anything it’s about economics


    1. This sounds very much like what we have over here in Singapore. Marriage is seen as the healthy culture to having a family as well as having enough babies to sustain the economy. But then again, marriage is not up to anyone to decide. It’s private and I feel that no one should be told to get married especially when one isn’t ready. Divorce is common in most cities in the world. This country isn’t being spared. As more people choose to cohabit than marriage, naturally the divorce rates will not rise since they weren’t married in the first place. A change in the idea of marriage reflects in the society too. On a personal level, I am traditional when it comes to marriage. Marriage should be the route for a proper healthy family life. It sends a message of responsibility part from the love required in a happy marriage. The breaking down of marriage usually often entails many social economic problems later. A family usually isn’t a simple entity at all, because of the make or break culture that is frequent.


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