As the nation's attention is focused on birth control, I had the idea that if we want to combat poverty, reduce violent crime and reduce our shameful proportion of people without a definite occupation, we need to change the means of contraception for fluorine-containing compounds in drinking water of Michigan.
Chief editor of 'The Detroit News' Nolan Finley on the line
We have a problem with babies in Michigan. Too many babies are born with immature parents who do not have the skills for their education, too many are born to poor women who can not afford them, and too many fathers are pathetic slackers who spread their seed like dandelions, and then decline to consequences.
Michigan and social problems associated with them huge costs will not go away until we stand under the banner of responsibility associated with childbirth.
Last year, 43 percent of babies born in Michigan were single mothers. And even that Medicaid (U.S. government medical assistance program for the needy — Approx. Trans.) will pay for birth control, half of the babies born to mothers here were on the dole. Eighteen percent were born to teenagers who already had at least one child. And almost one in five babies mother did not have a matriculation certificate.
In Michigan, poverty is as much a cultural issue as an economic one.
I talked to a teacher who has been a single mother, who at the age of thirty years, with 12 children pregnant thirteenth. The children had different fathers with one thing in common — neither was married to their mother. The womb of the woman is a factory line.
It would not matter if the economy of Michigan bursting of a job, this woman and her children would still be poor.
Who provides these children? If you are a taxpayer, then it's you. Approximately 45,000 children a year, being born among the beneficiaries, are the main reason for which Medicaid will consume 25 percent of the budget next year.
These children are more likely to grow up to become a burden on the financing of the correctional institutions or themselves become the recipients of benefits. And they will extort money from schools and universities, which could help break this cycle.
In 1990, Michigan saw the punishment of women who, being on the dole, wound up more children, but the groups that oppose abortion, killed the idea, fearing it would lead to an increase in the number of abortions.
Now, as the director of social welfare state Maura Corrigan (Maura Corrigan), the state is trying to use other means, including the fight with school absenteeism and a new four-year limit on benefits, which, she argues, has led to increased participation in programs of vocational training.
"We're trying to get to the poverty inherent generational, — she says. — We consider the incentives that need to be changed. "
But, she said, the cultural decay is too strong to swim against it.
"We have seen the transformation of marriage — when it is part of the social structure — to something simply optional, — says Corrigan, who devotes his personal time working with disadvantaged children. — The children with whom I do not know people who are married. "
They know people whose irresponsible behavior is funded by their neighbors.
And because the taxpayers of Michigan continue to pay for them, these babies will continue to emerge.