In June, David Popenoe, director of The National Marriage Project and professor emeritus and former social and behavioral sciences dean at Rutgers, released Cohabitation, Marriage and Child Wellbeing: A Cross-National Perspective.  In it, he documents that Canada has high rates of cohabitation, largely thanks to Quebec. The province of Quebec in Canada appears to have the highest cohabitation rate in the Western World, at 35% of all couples, writes Popenoe. Why does this matter? Because cohabitation is less stable than marriage, and offers none of the benefits. One study using data from Norway and Sweden, for example, found that compared to married couples, cohabitors overall are less serious, less satisfied, and more often consider to split up from their current relationships. If we consider that in 2006, 45 per cent of Canadian cohabiting couples had children, that’s not a good sign.  It’s not a good sign even where no kids are concerned few among us desire to live closer to the edge of a tumultuous break up than we must.Popenoe rather dryly admits cohabitation as a cultural phenomenon isn’t going anywhere. Given this blasé acceptance, his verdict is surprising: In the final analysis, the issue of cohabitation comes down to a conflict between adult desires and children’s needs. It seems a tragedy that, with all the opportunities that modernity has brought to adults, it may also be bringing a progressive diminution in our concern for the needs of children and thus for the many generations to come.

The second marriage-related study quantifies the costs to taxpayers of marital breakdown and unwed childrearing read kids raised in cohabiting couples.  The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing released in April examines the costs state by state and federally through higher spending on antipoverty programs and throughout the justice and educational systems, as well as losses to government coffers in foregone tax revenues. The conclusion? Family fragmentation is costing the federal government in the United States 112 billion annually.

The underlying assumption that family breakdown costs money makes intuitive sense. (Tried to hire a family lawyer lately?) But this report quantifies different costs to our culture at large: Children raised in fragmented families are more susceptible, statistically speaking, to poverty, mental illness, infant mortality, lower educational attainment (including greater risk of dropping out of high school), juvenile delinquency, conduct disorders, adult criminality, and early unwed parenthood. Then there are the costs to adults, too, including things like physical and mental illness. 

Also in April, the Fraser Institute, a Vancouver-based free market think tank, released a report indicating the total tax bill for average Canadian families has increased more than 1700 per cent since 1961.  A welfare state raises taxes, to be sure, and Popenoe suggests that in Europe for this higher tax burden, they get weaker families in return: The more well-developed welfare systems in Europe may also play a role in the greater prevalence of cohabaitation there. These systems tend to make the family, and therefore the institution of marriage, less important in the lives of citizens….(Source)

Remember the sham about how sex was a private affair, that it should be expunged from public policy and public debate?  I see the Leftists have no problem making sure that the discussion around sexual license is kept out of the public square, but they demand that taxpayers’ dollars go to fund the fallout.  Sexual immorality is bankrupting us. 

One Response to “Sexual Conduct Unbecoming”
  1. Garry Sahl says:

    The age of sex consent is now 16 in Canada thanks to the letter writing and hard work of Social Conservatives informing the public, and it only passed by 3 votes. We have been trying to raise it for years but the liberal-minded judges and politicians wouldn’t let us. We wrote letters like the following.

    The motivation of abortionists, bureaucrats, drug and condom companies is not that difficult to understand. Millions of dollars are generated each year. Teenage sexual irresponsibility is supporting entire industries of grateful adults. Do you really believe the physicians, nurses, medical suppliers and bureaucrats who owe their livelihood to killing unborn babies would perfer that adolescents abstain untill marriage?

    How about condom manufacturers or producers of spermicide, the pill. IUDs, or diaphragms? Would they want their business decimated by a sweeping wave of morality among the young?

    The Ontario police has charged a group of people with producing and selling child porn according to the CBC NEWS. IT will take the police months to try to locate all the Canadian Children exploited in the films seized.

    Many of these same children will be coerced in Canadian Courts by Criminal lawyers hired by the pedophiles. Our Canadian Laws protect the pedophiles exploiting 14 year old children as long as consent is involved. The police are hindered by the age of consent laws in Canada thanks to our liberal-minded Politicians, Judges and voting citizens who elect liberal-minded politicians.

    The age of sex consent is 14 in Canada. Voting citizens may I ask you Why you elect liberal-minded governments that vote against raising the age of sex consent in Canada? Please “think” before you vote.

    IN CANADA BILL C 313 TO RAISE THE AGE OF SEX CONSENT FROM 14 YEARS OF AGE WAS DEFEATED 167 TO 99 SEPTEMBER 2005. 94 FEDERAL CONSERVATIVES WERE ELECTED 90 VOTED TO RAISE THE AGE OF SEX CONSENT. OF THE REST OF THE LIBERAL-MINDED PARTIES IN CANADA ONLY 9 MEMBERS VOTED TO RAISE THE AGE OF SEX CONSENT 167 VOTED TO KEEP IT AT 14. HOW OUR MPs VOTED WAS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEB SITE http://www.parl.gc.ca

    THEN ON DECEMBER 20,2005 FIVE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS THE CANADIAN SUPREME COURT LEGALIZED GROUP-SEX CLUBS, TO INCLUDE CONSENTING 14 YEAR OLDS, BECAUSE NOW UNDER CANADIAN LAW CONSENTING 14 YEAR OLDS ARE LEGALLY CONSIDERED CONSENTING ADULTS! Darwinian Humanist, Institutionally Atheist Canada, through our education establihments, holiday gift to Pedophiles.

    POLITICS IS SIMPLY A REFLECTION OF SOCIETY ! Citizens how long are “YOU” going to let this darwinian humanist logic and injustice continue in Our Canada?

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