My good friend Noodle wonders if Cory Bernardi has ghost-written an article for the New York Times – that great bastion of American progressive liberalism.
The last few weeks have brought an unusual convergence of voices from boththe center and the left about a topic that is typically part of conservative rhetorical territory: poverty and single-parent families. Just as some conservatives have started talking seriously about rising inequality and stagnant incomes, some liberals have finally begun to admit that our stubbornly high rates of poverty and social and economic immobility are closely entwined with the rise of single motherhood.
But that’s where agreement ends. Consistent with its belief in self-sufficiency, the right wants to see more married-couple families. For the left, widespread single motherhood is a fact of modern life that has to be met with vigorously expanded government support.
Expect howls of outrage from Bill Shorten et aliae.