In his latest moronic tirade Huckabee harks back to the failed strategem of Dan Quayle: alienating single mothers to score points with SoCons.
In an interview with Michael Medved, Huckabee took aim at Portman and criticized her for being single and pregnant.
“One of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine.’ But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie,” Huckabee told radio host Michael Medved, according to a clip of the show obtained by liberal outlet Media Matters for America.
“I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses,” Huckabee said. “Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock.”
I can agree with Huckabee that single parenthood is a problem in America. There are negatives for any child being raised by a single parent. I know, my parents divorced when I was a teenager.
But this isn't about Huck trying to make the US a better, more moral place. This is just one more cheap shot by the master of cheap shots. It was a very cynical maneuver by the former pastor, to use Portman's pregnancy to score political points with his choir of SoCons. But it will backfire, just as it did with Quayle. The only people who care about this as a political issue are already in Huck's choir. He will only alienate single mothers and persons of good will who aren't ready to pile on a single mother for political gain.
Now, let me address the fallacies and flat out untruths of Huckabee's assertion.
First, Portman is engaged to the father of her child. She may not be married, but she isn't exactly single.
Secondly, Huck's claims as to the poverty of single mothers is just plain false. A few minutes googling single mother statistics puts the lie to Huck's assertions.
Quoting from data realeased by a 2002 Census study, this site states that
Nearly one-third of all single mothers � 32 percent � live below the poverty line. However, the condition is more acute for black single mothers; 38 percent, or 1.2 million of 3.1 million black single mothers raise families below the poverty line
That is a far cry from a majority of mothers living in poverty.
Here are some more statistics that Huck should consider from a 2007 Census Study:
- 27% of custodial single mothers and their children live in poverty
- 22% receive Medicaid
- 23.5% receive food stamps
- 12% receive some form of public housing or rent subsidy
- 5% receive receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
- 79.5% of custodial single mothers are gainfully employed
- 49.8% work full time, year round
My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock.