Cory Bernardi at the New York Times

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.

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12 Responses to Cory Bernardi at the New York Times

  1. Expect howls of outrage from Bill Shorten et aliae.

    The masculine for others is alii and (in Latin, at least) the masculine may encompass the other two genders, yet you use the feminine, aliae; is there a suggestion that only women (and the feminised) will join in Shorten’s outrage, or are you subtly suggesting that the recently gynaecomastic Shorten is himself feminine?

  2. amortiser

    If you reward or subsidise bad behaviour or poor decision making then that behaviour or decision making will proliferate. This is the history relation to policy regarding single parents. It is no wonder that the numbers of beneficiaries and the cost has exploded over the last 40 years.

    The first call on a taxpayers income is the needs of someone else’s children rather than his/her own. Personal responsibility for ones own actions has now become an option to be avoided rather than a virtue to be pursued. It such a situation personal responsibility is gradually destroyed and civilised society with it.

    This problem can be eliminated in 6 years. Firstly, the government should immediately announce that there will be no support for new claimants. This affects no existing beneficiaries but it puts the onus on potential new claimants that they will have to make decisions about their situation without the crutch of government welfare. They will need to give consideration to adoption or the option of having support from their own family support structures.

    Secondly, existing beneficiaries will cease to have welfare support when their youngest child reaches the age of six. At this age children are going to school and thee is no reason why parents cannot work. Parents in “traditional” families work to support themselves so why this is not applicable to single parents is beyond me. The implementation of this policy will see this situation eliminated in 6 years. It has been a fiscal and social disaster.

  3. thefrollickingmole

    Its simple maths.
    2 people have effectively 48 hours a day to earn, care and educate their kids. How well they do it is up to the individuals.

    1 person has 24 hours to do the same.

    Its not rocket science to say person 2 is unable, just by the time involved, to have the opportunity to do as well as the couple.

    Confiscating money to give to the single parent wipes out a part of that time deficit but it still cant match the parenting resources available to 2.

    Single parenthood is an evil thing to inflict on kids, and should be treated as such.

  4. sabrina

    thefrollickingmole – I agree with what you wrote, could not be any clearer; but unfortunately your views will be misconstrued as politically correct by many.

  5. thefrollickingmole

    sabrina
    Im deliberately leaving out any moral or “judgemental” message, because to put it in only alienates “the left”.

    The basic facts that single parenthood is bad, by itself, needs to be established first.

  6. Token

    Single parenthood is an evil thing to inflict on kids, and should be treated as such

    Agreed, not all parents should or can stay together, but when they can it is a disgraceful action.

  7. Mark

    You do realise that Corey was just using a quote from B.Obama don’t you. It wasn’t his but it was used to highlight an viewpoint

  8. Tintarella Di Luna

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    .. are you subtly suggesting that the recently gynaecomastic Shorten is himself feminine

    Deadman while others may suggest I am saying outright – Dolly Shorten is a big girl’s blouse

  9. Notafan

    Secondly, existing beneficiaries will cease to have welfare support when their youngest child reaches the age of six. At this age children are going to school and thee is no reason why parents cannot work. Parents in “traditional” families work to support themselves so why this is not applicable to single parents is beyond me. The implementation of this policy will see this situation eliminated in 6 years. It has been a fiscal and social disaster.

    Absolutely, still cranky that I was back at work when my children were babies paying taxes so some slob could sit on her arse til her kids were 16 (in the 1980s) ; to top it off they got subsidied childcare at the rate of $11 for full time care for a full week while working parents couldn’t get places or paid 10 times as much for the same spot. Yep 7 am til 6 pm including meals so they could watch TV in peace. That was also reeled back when govt realised they were being well suckered.

  10. Rabz

    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.

    Well, duuuuhhhh!

    For the left, widespread single motherhood is a fact of modern life that has to be met with vigorously expanded government support.

    Despite it being an ongoing disaster for the children and wider society.

    Won’t anyone think of the kiddies?!?!

    :x

  11. cynical1

    Won’t anyone think of the kiddies?!?!

    The left do.

    That’s why they want the children to have two parents.

    Course it may be two dads or two mums, or a transgendered dwarf and it’s partner…

  12. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Deadman, I use et al. Covers all bases, GLBTI friendly too. I am up with the times. ;)
    How fascinating that masculine over-rides all. Deep structures of language and all that.

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