Thursday, January 22, 2004

Economic Analysis of Bush Marriage Initiative 

Former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich has an Opinion Column in today's Washington Post (via How Appealing) in which he applies an economic analysis to Pres. Bush's recently announced $1.5 billion (heterosexual) marriage initiative based on developing better "interpersonal skills," particularly among poor Americans. The article is a thorough analysis, which boils down to the conclusion that marital status is not the cause of poverty, but to some degree the reverse is true. Poor people need better education and better paying jobs, yet funds for schooling and job training have been cut.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:56 AM