“The Blind Spot” in Poverty


A recent op ed by in The New York Times by liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof, asserted that if America is really going to get serious about poverty, we must move past what he calls a “blind spot.” Kristof says, quote “”We’re often reluctant to acknowledge one of the significant drivers of child poverty, the widespread breakdown of family…just as you can’t have a serious conversation about poverty without discussing race, you also can’t engage unless you consider single parent households.”

Sometimes a situation becomes so obvious that any intellectually honest person, be they liberal or conservative, has to acknowledge it. That’s what’s happening here. The link between poverty and family structure can no longer be ignored by people serious about reducing poverty. The answer isn’t more welfare; it’s more married dad and mom families.

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