Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Index of Cultural Indicators

These stats are from 1990 (22 years ago)…

Since 1960, the U.S. population has increased 41%; the gross domestic product has nearly tripled; and total social spending by all levels of government (measured in constant 1990 dollars) has risen from $143.73 billion to $787 billion--more than a fivefold increase. Inflation-adjusted spending on welfare has increased by 630%, spending on education by 225%.

But during the same 30-year period there has been a 560% increase in violent crime, a 419% increase in illegitimate births; a quadrupling in divorce rates; a tripling of the percentage of children living in single-parent homes; more than a 200% increase in the teenage suicide rate; and a drop of almost 80 points in SAT scores.

The children of this dysfunction voted in the last presidential election. The cultural rot is going to continue to get worse. Nothing can stop it except us, and the majority voted against such an idea in November.

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