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With the New Year approaching great change will undoubtedly accompany the new millennium Changes in technology and the arts will emerge naturally but as the times change it is our responsibility to ensure that social policies are designed to best benefit society Drugs crime violence poverty and illiteracy are all rising at amazing speeds and this indicates a problem in our current social policy While there are many possible reasons for these problems the corresponding rise in white illegitimacy is the largest factorCharles Murray identified this problem in an article in the Wall Street Journal He came up with possible solutions that he felt would cure this societal illness His suggestions were good but unreasonable He touches on both societal and governmental reform and although many of his suggestions are valid they would cause more harm then good His recommendations include ending governmental economic support such as welfare subsidized housing and food stamps increasing social stigma and returning to the ideals held in the mid 20th century Although these suggestions do contain some validity in theory I dont believe that implementation would have the desired effectMurrays opinion is that some women go through with pregnancy because they know the government will support them through the Welfare system Therefore Murray feels this economic policy should be abolished To understand his theory you must look at illegitimacy as a circle It is a fact that women especially teenage women are more sexually active today than in the past One reason for this increase is that they know the government has systems designed to support them if they become pregnant This serves as a safety net for the women therefore they are more sexually active Murray feels that by cutting out this policy women wont have that safety net This will cause them to be less sexually active in turn cutting down the number of illegitimate births This may work for some women but Murray doesnt stipulate as
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