Single Mothers



When you start looking at places that we reduce spending, one of the questions we asked was, can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs? The answer was no,” Mulvaney told MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “We can ask them to pay for defense, and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”–White House’s budget director Mick Mulvaney

I was born in Detroit and lived there for many years. I was, and am, acquainted with single mothers. I don’t think single mothers can be stereotyped–they are a diverse group. Most work. They are not uniformly liberal or conservative, they span every racial and ethnic category, they value art, education, healthy lifestyle, and Public Broadcasting to the same extent as other Americans.

I don’t know any coal miners, but I doubt that coal miner’s interests and beliefs can be stereotyped either.

I do remember one single mother I knew years ago, a postal worker who held extreme political views–her one issue was taxes. She said she needed to keep every dollar she earned to support her family. She couldn’t afford to care about the Viet Nam war, environmental protection, or potholes in the pavement. She explained that she would vote for Richard Nixon because he said he would lower her taxes, and while she didn’t for a minute believe he would, that was all she cared about.

Of course there are many single issue voters–those who would give up affordable health care to defund Planned Parenthood, those for whom gun issues are paramount, and those who consider government the enemy for example.

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1 Response to Single Mothers

  1. Aretha says:

    How can republicans say that you can’t expect single mothers to pay for programs such as meals on wheels yet propose to take away the head of household income tax filing status? How is that helping them?

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