Government Spends Money Like Teenagers
America's Social Agenda is Contributing to its Fiscal Decline
For Immediate Release
Augusta, ME- July 4, 2009 - "The government reminds me of my teenagers," Charla Bansley, State Director of Concerned Women for America told those gathered at the Taxed Enough Already TEA Party. "Both like to spend other people's money." Bansley told the crowd gathered at Capital Park in Augusta that America's social agenda is contributing to its fiscal decline.
Social policies directly impact fiscal policies, Bansley said. She quoted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) who told ABC's George Stephanoloulos that "family planning services reduce costs" to state and federal governments.
"However, we know that the basis of any economy is its population or people," she said. "As long as our population trends downward, our economy will trend downwards. Since Roe v. Wade, America at least 50 million fewer people buying, selling, producing, manufacturing, serving, researching, and developing." She used other examples to show how social issues impact the economy.
Speaking about the impact of same-sex marriage on the economy, Bansley quoted a study that found that the average duration of a homosexual marriage in the Netherlands was 18 months. "Certainly nothing to build a family on-much less a society," she said. England adopted same-sex marriage in 2005, and a recent report found that marriage has hit the lowest rate in that country since records began almost 150 years ago. The economic costs are staggering. The tax rate in Denmark has reached 68 percent.
The Heritage Foundation study found that Americans born out of wedlock are seven times more likely to end up in poverty and seventy times more likely to end up in prison.
Bansley said that the best way to overcome poverty is to prevent poverty-which means we should be passing laws that strengthen marriage, not further weaken it.
Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization. The 500,000 members, made up of women and like-minded men, meet monthly across the nation in homes, churches, and community centers.
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