The Obama administration's focus on fighting poverty through anti-drug and safe sex messages is missing the key ingredient to what makes people poor: broken marriages.
In a stunning new report from the Heritage Foundation, failed marriages are to blame in the overwhelming number of poverty cases, more than drugs or teen sex.
Heritage told Secrets, "Over a third of single-parent families with children are poor, compared to only 7 percent of married families. Overall, children in married families are 82 percent less likely to be poor than are children of single parents."
Robert Rector's study, "Marriage: America's Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty," detailed the problem in each state and he concluded that the Feds need to focus on marriage more.
"Policymakers on the state and national levels recognize that education reduces poverty, but they're largely unaware that marriage is an equally strong anti-poverty weapon," said Rector, a nationally recognized authority on the U.S. welfare system.
Heritage said that "while more Americans grow dependent on welfare, government fails to communicate the benefits of marriage even as it warns young people not to smoke, do drugs, have "unsafe" sex, or drop out of school." Rector calls this "tragic."