Another article on the benefits of marriage to income and stability.
Professor Bill Galston, President Clinton’s domestic policy advisor and now a senior fellow at Brookings, explained in the early 1990s that an American need only do three things to avoid living in poverty: graduate from high school, marry before having a child, and have that child after age twenty. Only 8 percent of people who do so, he reported, will be poor, while 79 percent who fail to do all three will.
So, society says, and I agree, that it’s OK to have a baby without a wedding, or a father, but economics says you better have your feet set or it’s going to hurt. I look at friends and family that have taken both routes, the poor and married ones are in much better shape than the unmarried ones. Life is more precarious for the unwed mothers, the guy can just cut out one day, or she can. I firmly believe that even a shotgun wedding that doesn’t last is better than just muddling along. Most times when a marriage falls apart there is prep time and paperwork, and certain expectations. Far more than Baby Daddy just wandering in and out of your life, either asking for or bringing some extra money.