I was at a meeting last night sponsored by the Family Rights Coalition in Pontiac, MI. The meeting dealt with HB 4564 which is a bill dealing with equal parental responsibility. If passed the bill will result in fit parents having joint custody and equal access for children to both their mother and father.
Those on the panel included Minister Ron Smith of Children Needs Both Parents, Dr. Michael T. Ross of the Family Rights Coalition, Lary Holland (who gave an excellent analysis on how Social Security Programming Removes Parents from Their Children through Title IV-D financing), and Jim Semerad (President, Dads and Moms of Michigan PAC). I must say that all of them did an excellent job and I wish more people would have showed up. I guess people are not serious about supporting families anymore but supporting single parenting, welfare and Title IV-D.
Recently, Minister Smith led a national coalition in Washington DC to remind families to stand up and tell government to get out of our homes and allow our families to make clear conscious decisions on their own.
I have written about this issue before several times. I cannot understand why some lawmakers who is blocking this bill from leaving the Family Committee (headed by State Rep. Brenda Clack from Flint) when our communities are made up of broken families. 80% of the families in the City of Detroit are headed by women. 50% of the population in the City of Detroit are functionally illiterate. Poverty is extremely high in our city. This is a receipe for disaster.
Even Former Fed Chairman Greenspan said this recently,
"Rising income inequality could undo the cultural ties that bind our society and even lead to large scale violence."
Think about that quote. RISING INCOME INEQUALITY. One core reason why poverty exists in our community comes from broken families. Normally, if two parents are in the home together and combining their income, along with a core knowledge of financial literacy and budgeting (not robbing Peter to pay Paul, Tomika and Shirley) families can lift themselves out of poverty.
John Hope Bryant of Operation Hope stated this recently,
"Every good marriage is made of constructive friction, whether between husband and wife, friend to friend, employee to employer, public servant to constituent, or partners in business."
Notice he said constructive not destructive friction. Big difference.
You see, there would be no room for government taking control of our children and breaking families up if our community learned about the importance of commitment, financial literacy and investing in our future. Going through the Friends of Court is no fun and when state lawmakers are going along with the bureaucracy they too are part of the problem and not the solution.
We have to understand how financial literacy is the grease on the gears of economic conversion.
80% of the U.S. economy is consumer driven, 80% of the government receipts for the State of Michigan, are generated from income and sales tax, and yet no one is teaching our children Life 101 skills — the basics of a checking account, a savings account, and the importance of credit and investment, insurance, and the history of banking and financial services in this country.
According to 2001 CNN special report, half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and by 2004, according to the Wall Street Journal, that number was up to 70% of all Americans.
Middle class 30 years ago was one parent working, while one parent stayed home as a domestic engineer. Today middle-class is two parent’s working, the television and popular culture is raising your child, and you are not making any more money!
If you are living in a major city such as Detroit or Chicago, and make less than $50,000 annually, you are struggling to make ends meet!
This of course leads to marital issues as well as relationship problems. Add children to the equation and you have a crisis on your hands.
Nearly a quarter of Americans would be late on mortgages, rent or other bills if a single paycheck were even delayed, according to a 2003 poll by Automatic Data Processing.
The proportion of disposable personal income that Americans are putting into savings was about 8% in the 1970’s but has tumbled to less than 4% today, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis.
The number one cause for divorce in America is money. And according to the ABA Education
Foundation 58% of teens get their lessons about money from home.
According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, more people filed for bankruptcy in 2002 than graduated from college in 2002 — a shocking statistic.
Going back to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, he made a statement at the 2001 White House Conference on the New Economy, “there is only one irreversible asset in the 21st century; education and access, or information and access. Once you have these things, no one can take them away from you!”
Education is the ultimate poverty eradication tool. That is what was going on at our meeting last night in Pontiac. We were, collectively, eradicating poverty through supporting equal parental responsibility.