Things that Matter: Divorce Trends Down, Abortion Rates Dropping, and Child Care Bill

Things that matter today...

Americans are divorcing divorce.

Contrary to popular belief and conventional wisdom, divorce rates in America aren't increasing, but declining.

But here is the thing: It is no longer true that the divorce rate is rising, or that half of all marriages end in divorce. It has not been for some time. Even though social scientists have tried to debunk those myths, somehow the conventional wisdom has held.

Despite hand-wringing about the institution of marriage, marriages in this country are stronger today than they have been in a long time. The divorce rate peaked in the 1970s and early 1980s and has been declining for the three decades since.

Abortion is getting aborted.

Whenever topics such as marriage equality or say...abortion pop up most liberals happily decry that they have won the so-called "culture wars" summarily defeating conservatives. However, it seems that conservative insurgent messaging efforts may have had a far more significant effect than previously thought.

Abortion is becoming ever rarer in the United States. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest survey of abortion in the United States. The CDC tallied 730,322 abortions in 2011, the smallest number in almost 40 years. CDC’s numbers are probably an under-count. Other surveys suggest that the number for 2011 was slightly larger than 1 million.
So...who really won this portion of the culture wars???

Child Care Billl

One of the most difficult facts about life in 21st century life for working American families is the necessity for a two income household. Subsequently, this can prove to be a daunting task if you have children. Now...with the outrageous cost of child care these days, people find a large portion of their income going towards paying these costs, severely limiting the amount of money they could use to pay down bills, create more disposable income, or generating savings.

Well...there might be some assistance out there.
Last week in Washington, President Obama signed into law the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 (PL 113-186). Enactment of the legislation was historic because it has been 18 years since child care legislation was last reauthorized (renewed).  
At a time when Congress is often polarized, a bipartisan group of Senators and House members came together in a bipartisan manner to support the child care needs of working families. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) held four hearings over the past several years and introduced legislation in June of 2013. With the support of Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, the measure moved forward through the legislative process and was approved by the Senate in March by a vote of 96-2...



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