Bhabi says, regarding welfare and out of wedlock birthrates, to read the Moynihan Report. I am familiar with this report. Moynihan, a liberal Democrat, did sound an alarm about a rising out of wedlock Black birthrate and he predicted many social problems would flow from this. If I am not mistaken, he was saying nothing whatsoever about “welfare” or other social spending in that report.
What is even more interesting is tha the White OOW Birthrate is now at the same level as the Black rate was Moynihan sounded his alarm. Yet the predicted catastrophe among White kids and communities has not unfolded.
Look. Welfare is dead for all intents and purposes. Even where it is alive, it is like $300/month. Try living off that. With the welfare basically cut off, the out of wedlock birthrate is still stuck at 70%. Even if you eliminated welfare altogether, do you think Black men would suddenly start marrying Black women? Do you think if the welfare was cut off, the Black men would suddenly start saying, “Whoa! They cut off the welfare for our poor women! Now we need to start marrying them, guys!”
If you believe they would do that, you got another thing coming. A sky high out of wedlock birthrate appears to be an intractable problem in Black America. It has nothing to do with social programs, and it certainly won’t go away if these programs are all eliminated.