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(Daily Mail)   Good news for you anti-family heathens, the modern American family continues to die   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, Americans, Ed O'Neill, Michael Sams, extended family, divorce rates  
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2014-05-12 05:20:07 PM  
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FTDA: RobSeace: ecmoRandomNumbers: I think the idea of the American Nuclear Family has outlived its usefulness.

Indeed! Isn't it time for Wind Families or Solar Families or Geothermal Families?

I was raised in a hydroelectric family.
2014-05-11 11:53:41 PM  
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2014-05-12 07:26:36 AM  
1 vote:

ecmoRandomNumbers: I think the idea of the American Nuclear Family has outlived its usefulness.

Indeed! Isn't it time for Wind Families or Solar Families or Geothermal Families?
2014-05-12 04:43:11 AM  
1 vote:
That reminds me of the time I walked in on my two dads making love....
2014-05-12 04:31:12 AM  
1 vote:

powhound: [ image 624x407]

Looks like there is no problem with the American family(TM)

are you kidding??? Look at how much taxes they have to pay!!!!
2014-05-12 02:48:25 AM  
1 vote:
Oddly enough, this same poll showed a rapid decline in unicorn births too.
2014-05-12 02:13:37 AM  
1 vote:
I dont care how many protons or neutrons are in the nuclear family, but I do think it's a good practice to have one or the other around full time to care for the electrons.

/did that metaphor work?
2014-05-11 11:03:49 PM  
1 vote:
I guess it's a good thing that more and more folks are getting their right to marry to shore up the numbers of families then. Marriage equality: good for families, good for America...

Seriously, though: women working were supposed to destroy families. Children going to college instead of working their family businesses without higher education was supposed to gut our economy and families. Dark folks getting equal protection was supposed to destroy America. Immigrants coming in, with their strange customs and strong familial values was going to gut the social fabric of the nation.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Marriage equality has led to stronger community ties for a fair chunk of the population--and investment into homes, into businesses, and oddly enough, cater waiters and banquet hall rentals. The family is doing just fine. What is coming into focus is that when both folks are working--and they have to in order to keep food on the table and rent or mortgages paid--is that there aren't stay at home parents, but a sharing of responsibilities. Which, oddly enough, is moving more and more up the chain into the middle class, as opposed to being just a feature for the poors. Families are just fine, but economic pressures are taking their toll. If you want stronger families, and you want more folks going to church or the stuff of campfire tales of "how America used to be" then we need to look at the economic disparity that we are seeing, cash flight as larger and larger banks and chains siphon cash OUT of communities, and leave behind only minimal job numbers, and increase local investment and entrepreneurship. Which means, yes, more competition, more trading of cash back and forth between local businesses, and less for the chains and larger conglomerates who have taken to sucking cash well and away from where it's needed.

Maybe that's a hard concept for folks. You want "stronger" families, then we need decent health care so that folks can care for their elderly, as opposed to shipping them off to homes and hospitals and care facilities. We need better economic safeguards, and we need better investment strategies than "buy stocks and hope." We need to maybe stop the recockulous "War on Drugs" that ships off folks to prison at a frightening rate, and leaving families without half a parental unit, or worse, both parents in different prisons, and relying on a foster system, or grandparents or other relatives to care for kids. Stronger economic incentives, stronger protections, means that families are less stressed, have more time with one another, and with stronger ties to a community.

But you bring these long term strategies up, it's not "Conservative" enough, instead we have to look at breaking up families, forcing them to work even harder to keep jobs that simply don't pay, don't allow for time to actually invest time and energy into their community or their own businesses. You want that idyllic America that everyone yearns for? The one that never really existed? Then we need to put down the corporate hype, and start looking at the long term economic health of the country, not just the health of organizations and businesses that want to ship as many jobs elsewhere as possible, concentrate cash well and away from our communities, and rebuild main street NOT with an influx of massive building projects, but localized growth that can be sustained, and will grow--as opposed to creating building booms that don't actually have much for long term prospects...
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