The Family is a Fiscal Issue

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

In the modern world of consumer choice divorced from any moral grounding, family policy can seem hopelessly divisive. Some argue that “alternative family forms” are simply private lifestyle choices, comparable to our choices of curtains, cuisine or music. The choice to have children inside or outside marriage is just another personal choice for each individual to make privately. But a recent report from the Institute for American Values shows that these seemingly private decisions can have serious, and expensive, costs to the taxpayer. They estimate that The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing amount to at least $112 billion each and every year, or more than $1 trillion each decade.

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

It takes a family to raise a village. Without the family, the village itself can not function. If the family breaks down, or fails to form in the first place, the “village” can not possibly provide adequate help to repair the damage. The family does something the “village” can not do for itself, namely bring the next generation into being, and socialize them into the kind of people who can participate in a free society. Without the family doing its job, the state will necessarily grow larger, more expensive and more intrusive.

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 was inspired by the desire to help mothers manage working and family emergencies. Like many well-intentioned laws, the FMLA has been plagued by unintended consequences and expensive abuses, especially costly for small businesses. Like many bureaucratic programs, it has been abused by people who are savvy enough to scam the rules. Free negotiation by workers and firms potentially could provide a superior solution to the problems the FMLA was supposed to solve.

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty prepared for The Fifth Annual World Meeting of Families sponsored by The Pontifical Council on the Family July 5, 2006, Valencia, Spain

(Publication Information: Familia et Vita, Anno XI, No.3/2006-1/2007 (Special double issue) Congresso Internazionale Teologico-Pastorale, Pontificium Consilisum Pro Familia)

“In July 2006, I was one a few Americans invited to give a paper at the Fifth World Meeting of Families, sponsored by the Pontifical Council on the Family, in Valencia Spain. The text of that paper has recently been published in a special conference issue of the journal Familia et Vita. I can’t honestly recommend you purchase the whole volume, unless you are fluent in Spanish, Italian and French! The Meeting was a truly international gathering, with clergy and laity from the entire Catholic world. My own contribution, entitled “The Church’s Response to the Socialist Attack on the Family,” is reprinted here.”

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Published at ToTheSource.org November 26, 2008 and October 14, 2004.

Apparently, Western secularism pulled from its traditional roots cannot.

We cannot sustain ourselves economically because the Western democracies are committing financial suicide with federal spending and entitlement programs that they then push off onto future generations instead of paying today.

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