Crux wrote: ... no one in the executive branch of government directly addresses what seems to be the strongest statistical correlate of inequality in the United States: the rise of single-parent families during the past half century...
Why is it not surprising to learn that Crux does not understand the difference between correlation
Crux might plot the number of recreational tennis accidents/injuries/illness as a function of rainfall on that day, and conclude that rain is sure fire protection. But no, clear skies do not cause
these misfortunes ... they are merely correlated
Yes, the United States is experiencing a decline in marriage rates: But so are most other affluent countries. Note that countries with markedly more wealth equality are moving even faster toward non-marriage.
For example, here is the change in marriage rate in the United Kingdom:
And for the clincher, look at this chart of percentage of births to unmarried women. Those countries with the greatest wealth equality
have the highest out of wedlock birth percentages!
The point that Crux will never get, is that simplistic ideological rants have very little to do with the complexities of the real world. It's pretty clear to me that the cause
of US inequality has little to do with family structure, and everything to do with the wealthy and powerful gaming the system to their advantage at the expense of everybody else.