Jan 022002

WASHINGTON—President Bush will ask Congress to set aside at least $100 million for experimental programs aimed at getting single welfare mothers to marry, but is resisting conservative pressure to require that states push marriage in their welfare programs.

The Bush plan, which will be submitted to Congress on Feb. 4, will offer a pot of money – at least $100 million each year, according to one official – for experiments aimed at getting poor people to marry. The administration will also suggest that states be required to explain what they are doing to promote marriage, forcing them to at least consider the issue.

Apparently, under the Bush plan, some of the money will go to providing shotguns to the fathers of unwed daughters so that they can provide them a “traditional southern wedding”. Bush believes that the federal government has a responsibility to not only support these unwed mothers, but to also support their deadbeat husbands as well.

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