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With Social Capital Project, Sen. Lee Hopes
to Measure America’s Coming Apart

Washington Free Beacon, by Charles Fain Lehman

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Posted By:JoniTx, 11/10/2017 9:51:39 PM

Between 1970 and today, Americans’ community ties have been in stark decline. The proportion of citizens living with a spouse plunged from 71 to 50 percent. Forty percent of all births are to single mothers, up from 11 percent. Fifty-five percent of American adults are members of churches or synagogues, down from almost 70 percent. We are more segregated by class and spend less time with our neighbors, friends, and coworkers than 50 years ago. Measuring, then addressing, this coming apart is the goal of Sen. Mike Lee´s (R., Utah.) Social Capital Project (SCP). Begun in May of this year,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fayebeck, 11/10/2017 10:14:41 PM     (No. 11448320)

Not a difficult subject. Start with the Great Society and LBJ and go from there. My dad would disagree and say start with FDR. There is no will or disire to reverse course at this time.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tangles, 11/10/2017 11:34:23 PM     (No. 11448357)

Uncle Sugar shouldn´t pay for baby daddies to poke and go.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Curious1, 11/10/2017 11:55:42 PM     (No. 11448364)

See what the commies have wraught? Every last one of them have to be planted to stop the restruction they do.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/11/2017 12:25:20 AM     (No. 11448369)

Why would any woman get married if the government rewards her for not getting married?
No young woman who had two kids in HS and being cared for by her parents and baby daddy should get ten grand back in a tax return.

Yet, a single man or elderly person is lucky to get food assistance.

Senator Lee, there is no one to blame but Washington.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: strike3, 11/11/2017 12:51:05 AM     (No. 11448377)

Social media would have something to do with the isolation category but a certain demographic drastically skews the stats for the whole population. The senator´s report will not state that, of course.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: caljeepgirl, 11/11/2017 4:22:10 AM     (No. 11448408)

This is all lovely and thoughtful, but I think Senator Lee´s attention to the tax code is sorely misplaced. I would say please, please, please STOP using the income tax code as a vehicle for social engineering! Way too much of that already...out of control...wrong tool!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 11/11/2017 7:13:34 AM     (No. 11448485)

Liberals have infested every national institution. The results speak for themselves.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MDConservative, 11/11/2017 10:11:44 AM     (No. 11448685)

Liberals and "conservatives" have contributed to all this over the years. It doesn´t help that "institutions" have generally made themselves less relevant than ever, whether churches, the fraternal clubs or bowling leagues. It´s tough to compete against over a hundred channels in one´s living room on a 60-inch TV.

Social media is where it´s at for many under 50. Facebook, Twitter, whatever, is like being at the bar, plenty of stupidity served without the expense of liquor.

Marriage is dying because men are going Galt. They aren´t willing to get into a legal tangle that will sap their wealth ad infinitum when the marriage falls apart - as virtually all expect anymore. Women are demanding equality...and they´re getting it, and then some.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: KTWO, 11/11/2017 3:04:59 PM     (No. 11448983)

Well worth reading. This is a real problem.

But government doesn´t want any ´mediating institutions´ standing between the individual and the power of the state.

So the SCP would become another government committee which compiled the opinions of labor union executives, university administrators, political scientists, and other experts. IOW: those who like things just as they are.


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