America has finally crossed the rubicon. According to Child Trends, a public policy group analyzing government statistics, now more than half of all children born to mothers under thirty are what would have been called illegitimate not too long ago. Even more troubling is that, for women with low incomes and little to no post-secondary education, the situation becomes increasingly dire.
This has huge implications for the future of our nation’s sociopolitical climate. The jump in unwed births transcends racial barriers and points toward a bourgeoning cultural phenomenon. The New York Times did a fairly comprehensive write-up about said baby boom, interviewing unmarried mothers in the economically depressed Ohio rust belt. To make a long story short, financially downtrodden females no longer see much value in marriage due to its better than even chance of failure. They also feared the ball and chain’s prohibitively high set of costs.
Once again, I return to my argument of all politics being rooted in economics. A solid case can be made that out of wedlock mothers would not be if their respective fiscal houses were in order. With America’s manufacturing sector being shipped overseas, and the service industry drying up because of this, however, such a wish will remain exactly that for a long time to come. Some might say that young blue collar women should receive a utilizable education, but these people tend to clam up when the reality of bankruptcy-proof student loans rears its ugly head.
It appears many in the United States’ pre-thirtysomething maternal majority are bringing new definition to the concept of downward mobility. As their children are born into generational poverty, this is sure to introduce a host of new problems down the line. From my perspective, a permanent sub-labor class is being established. Thirty to forty years ago, its members would have been part of the productive working class, but our 21st century global economy has no place for them.
Sad as this is, it serves a profound example of what overpopulation is doing to America. The lower classes are having a greater amount of children than the upper classes, creating a staggering surplus. Since the sub-labor class’ supply is not in demand, where does this leave society as a whole? What will the underprivileged do with themselves? Pursue the career of a professional welfare artist? Resort to a life of thievery? Who knows.
It would be imagined that those of less than optimal means choose to take birth control, use prophylactics, practice abstinence, or not carry their pregnancies to full term. However, as responsible intercourse is obviously not in style among these folks, those who are struggling to get ahead, or have already made it, will have to foot the enormous bill. Because many sub-labor class individuals see nothing worthwhile on the horizon, one cannot expect to teach them about rational self-interest. Many of those forgotten by the almighty market long ago forgot themselves.
No aspiring politician, incumbent public officeholder, partisan organization, or special interest group can be expected to fix a problem of this magnitude. It is not so much the downfall of the American dream as it is of the America we used to know. Just accepting our new sociological paradigm is probably the best idea.