Michelle’s dad & America’s real crisis

“The parental characteristics that employers value and are willing to pay for, such as skills, diligence, honesty, good health, and reliability, also improve children’s life chances, independent of their effect on parents’ income,” Susan Mayer writes in her book “What Money Can’t Buy.” “Children of parents with these attributes do well even when their parents do not have much income.”

The tectonic plates of the culture and economy shifted since the 1960s to squeeze the likes of Fraser Robinson, at the same time the government has been subsidizing a version of the family (single-mother households) that makes him superfluous. The new norm that dispenses with duty-bound fathers is not good for families, and it is not good for men. – Rich Lowry

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