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.
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.