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    kaliope, Truedelphi, radarlady

    Where did you find that theory about "widows and orphans"?  What era is it from? What eventually came to be known as AFDC was actually first written into FDR's Social Security Act of 1932, and provided aid for single-parent families, regardless of the parents' marital status. Through the first half of the existence of the US, formal marriage was often a luxury that people bypassed. There were adequate social pressures against men abandoning their families. By the 1970s, a large number of American men simply began walking away, increasingly complaining that they couldn't handle the financial pressures. Social pressures/contempt have been directed only at the women. As for race, when we still provided aid, those who got the fewest crumbs, and had the fewest resources and options, were rural, primarily white. These are the people no one talks about. Benefits were far lower in rural counties, and single parents often had/have virtually no resources, no options, no access to available jobs. The rural poor rarely have the money or means to move someplace where jobs might be available. Because of this, they fare far more poorly than women in general.

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