Posted by Dr. Martin Albl:
Although Rick Santorum exited the race for the Republican Presidential nomination, he did bring some important issues into the national spotlight. A key contribution was his insistence that we cannot find the solution to our economic difficulties in strictly economic policies alone, but that we must also address moral issues that have economic effects. He had the courage to identify the greatly increased poverty rates of children in single parent households, and to further point out that some government policies (such as ending support for single mothers if they marry) actually discourage marriage and thus increase poverty.
We must address these issues sensitively and with compassion, and not simplistically blame single mothers and fathers for our economic woes. But Santorum’s points should encourage us to re-assess our governmental and social policies and attitudes towards marriage, and honestly consider whether these policies and attitudes are really helpful to those who most vulnerable: children.