So What’s The Problem?

Officer: “Buddy, you are legally drunk!”
Motorist: “Legally drunk. Well, if it’s legal what’s the problem?”

– George Carlin (HT: wsws.org)

Dr. Natalie Carroll is probably a much better human being than many of her patients deserve. She delivers babies in a poor, African-American neighborhood in Houston, Texas. She laments the fact that 72% of the African-American mothers giving birth this year will be unwed.

“The girls don’t think they have to get married. I tell them children deserve a mama and a daddy. They really do,” Carroll says from behind the desk of her office, which has cushioned pink-and-green armchairs, bars on the windows, and a wooden “LOVE” carving between two African figurines. Diamonds circle Carroll’s ring finger.

(HT: Brietbart)

She tries desperately hard to be a role-model to her clients and explain the need for two engaged parents raising children.

“A mama can’t give it all. And neither can a daddy, not by themselves,” Carroll says. “Part of the reason is because you can only give that which you have. A mother cannot give all that a man can give. A truly involved father figure offers more fullness to a child’s life.”

(Brietbart, Ob. Cit.)

The Doctor seems to be obvious in her logic and sincere in her appeal. She says to these people things that have been considered incontrovertibly right for thousands of years. However, it increasingly falls on deaf ears. This is partially because it no longer really pays off to be honest or hard working. Our economy skews hard in favor of the already wealthy and the completely unengaged.

Wyatt Emmerich of The Cleveland Current describes the extent to which current policies make hard work and self-reliance sucker’s games. Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge.com describes Emmerich’s depressing truths.

Emmerich analyzes disposable income and economic benefits among several key income classes and comes to the stunning (and verifiable) conclusion that “a one-parent family of three making $14,500 a year (minimum wage) has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year.” And that excludes benefits from Supplemental Security Income disability checks.

Much of the inequality and unfairness of this comes when Medicaid benefits are compared to what the typical $60,000 job entails in health insurance costs. Emmerich explains how working 1 week per month at minimum wage allows you to realize a $16,500 annual cost advantage over the $60,000 per year worker.

First of all, working one week a month, saves big-time on child care. But the real big-ticket item is Medicaid, which has minimal deductibles and copays. By working only one week a month at a minimum wage job, a provider is able to get total medical coverage for next to nothing. Compare this to the family provider making $60,000 a year. A typical Mississippi family coverage would cost around $12,000, adding deductibles and copays adds an additional $4,500 or so to the bill.

(ZeroHedge, Ob. Cit.)

So a single woman with two children can claim a $4,000 economic advantage over a woman who foolishly marries a plodding Charles Bovary earning $60K per year. This alone can’t explain why 72% of the African-American children share something painful in common with 66% of the Native American, 53% of the Hispanic, 19% of the Asian and 29% of the Caucasian Persuasion. Who was Daddy, again?

Well, no it can’t – and furthermore, it doesn’t have to. The commercialization and desacredization of sexual intercourse does the rest of the dirty work. Brett Stevens of Amerika.org explains how this works.

If we’re mature modern materialists we can recognize that sex just has a function in reproduction, and that it’s fun only to make us rut like animals, so we might as well deconstruct its role in marriage and family, and make it like getting a drink at a bar. Since we’re revolutionary moderns, we know that the only people who oppose this idea are immature and afraid of mortality, because they don’t want to accept this notion of sex as having zero significance outside of a few moments of pleasure.

AP writer Jesse Washington makes the laughable claim that blacks struggle with their current 72% unwed mothers rate. If society still saw this as a bad thing, that rate could quite conceivably inch a percentage point or two lower. The guys fathering these adorable tykes don’t struggle – they’re getting laid. The mothers struggle; but are getting heavily subsidized. So like George Carlin, I’m tempted to ask “so what’s the problem?”

Like all perversely incentivized economic behavior, somebody gets made to pay. Dr. Natalie Carroll pays. She loses money on all the Medicaid patients. That’s a major reason why they aren’t paying $16,500 in annual costs for the coverage. It helps to explain why OB-GYNs who lack Dr. Carroll’s human sense of mission question whether that decade’s worth of Medical School is being justified by the haircut they take from Medicaid and get out of the business.

Society pays on two levels. We pay first when we fill out the 1040. Not being rich like Google, we’ll all pay a wee bit more than 3.5% when we figure our marginal rates (even with those evil and exploitive Bush tax cuts!!). This will detract from the welfare of our very own legitimate children that we willingly own up to.

Secondly, we lose more of our oar-pullers. Why should I keep fighting the good fight? It’s increasingly a moralistic argument. With good behavior disincentivized, we traditional fuddy-duddies reach for the moralistic “Dumb Ol’ Dad” points of argument. We protect he family name, we seek to preserve the love in marriage. We want to measure up to the reasonable and decent demands of our perspective religions. We argue based on our sacred honor.

But our sacred honor gets turned into a joke. We find ourselves in a quietly desperate fight where we are like the protagonist in most credible noir fiction.

That is the noir character. Alone, a loner in a world he knows he can’t fix. Alone in a world that has turned bad, full of betrayal, deceit, dishonesty, crime, and vice. Maybe it always was bad. Yet, he keeps his own personal code of honor. It is the only useless thing left for him to hold onto.

(HT: Christopher Scott Thompson)

Yet the decent Conservative holds on, and sets himself apart in the remnant. It was better once, it can be better again, our God-given mission is to hang on to decency and order.

This debauchery is unsustainable. It will die of its own accord. The key to a national resurgence of good is to just hang in there for long enough. This tragedy assuredly will collapse under its own sclerotic dead weight. A better day will come for America’s children.