It’s well known that there’s a direct connection between the design of welfare programs in the sixties and seventies, and the explosion in the number of single parent households. The problem was, the system incentivized men to leave their families. And they did. Of course single parent families deserve and need additional support, the problem was the penalty built into the system when people tried to do the right thing. Well intended social assistance programs have plenty of unintended consequences that progressives routinely ignore. There is a middle ground.