(THE FEDERALIST) – Perhaps the most important document to come out of the U.S. Senate this year was released last month, and while a report on President Donald Trump's tax returns, another COVID-19 relief package, or infrastructure legislation likely would have gotten major media attention, this important document flew under the radar.
The report, titled "The Demise of the Happy Two-Parent Home" and produced by the Social Capital Project of the Joint Economic Committee Republicans, dealt with our nation's crumbling infrastructure in its own way: the American family and how its decay has infected all aspects of society.
The report states, "As sources of social capital, few relationships are as important as the family ties between parents and children." Yet according to the congressional report, more than 45 percent of American children, by the time they reach late adolescence, spend some time without either a mother or a father in the home.
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Eighty percent of black children are raised by a single parent, as well as two-thirds of all children whose mothers have less than a high school education. More than half of Hispanic births are out of wedlock, as are 28 percent of Caucasian births, up from 2 percent in 1960.