Washington Post Admits Dan Quayle was Right about Murphy Brown and Unmarried Moms

Many of you are probably too young to remember the flap over Vice President Dan Quayle’s comments in 1992 about unwed mothers. Here’s some of what the former vice president said:

“Bearing babies irresponsibly is simply wrong. Failing to support children one has fathered is wrong. We must be unequivocal about this. It doesn’t help matters when prime-time TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice.”

His comments generated as much heat as today’s contraceptive controversy and the Left’s claim that Republicans are at war with women. Surprisingly, the almost-always-liberal Washington Post has taken up Quayle’s cause, albeit 20 years too late:

Twenty years later, Quayle’s words seem less controversial than prophetic. The number of single parents in America has increased dramatically: The proportion of children born outside marriage has risen from roughly 30 percent in 1992 to 41 percent in 2009. For women under age 30, more than half of babies are born out of wedlock. A lifestyle once associated with poverty has become mainstream. The only group of parents for whom marriage continues to be the norm is the college-educated.

Why did the former Vice President Quayle's comments draw so much attention? First, he tied the worldview of today's television programming to the problems that festered in so many communities across the nation that were told that the “Great Society” would save them.

Second, his comments implicated Hollywood. He attacked the powerful media elite.

Third, Quayle made his comments to attract disenfranchised conservative voters. His comments were seen as political (as if liberal policy statements aren’t).

Fourth, he sought to slaughter the sacred cow of moral pluralism when he attacked the idea that bearing a child alone is “just another ‘lifestyle choice.’”

This is the real rub. Diane English, the executive producer of Murphy Brown, had this to say about Quayle’s comments: “If the vice president thinks it’s disgraceful for an unmarried woman to bear a child, and if he believes that a woman cannot adequately raise a child without a father, then he’d better make sure abortion remains safe and legal.” Of course, Quayle didn’t say it was disgraceful for an unmarried woman to bear a child; he said it was irresponsible, a point that had been made by others.

Prior to Quayle’s address, even those from the liberal camp echoed his sentiments. For example, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, described by U.S. News & World Report as “a left‑leaning researcher for the Institute for American Values,” penned the following in the Washington Post: “‘Murphy Brown’ . . . celebrate[s] unwed motherhood as a glamorous lifestyle.”

Little has changed in 20 years. Hollywood types have made unwed motherhood fashionable. Well, it’s not fashionable for a teenager or a welfare mom, especially when the tax payers have to pay for their fashion statement.


  • RobfromVA

    yep.. Dan was right... the government has now produced more people who vote for a living than those of us who work for a living by paying mothers to have children with no dad! Their children learn early own how to use the system for the same pay out!

    We ain't got long before we is Greece!

    • Slug Wannamaker

      What, women don't work? Don't a lot of women work as hard as men, and even harder, and earn more money? So it's okay for a man to father children out of wedlock? Sure and we call it "sowing his wild oats," right? But a woman who can afford to wants a baby, and you call here a slut and say she's taking your money. Sorry, it don't add up.

      • John Galt

        Cool your jets. That's not what he said. He never said it was "okay for a man to father children out of wedlock". And he didn't judge the women as sluts as you seem to imply he did. Also, his whole point was that these unwed mothers CAN'T afford to have a baby and so the taxpayer foots the bill for the child while the child learns to game the system the way his/her parents did. That was the entire point that seemed to fly right over your head. His statement was about the welfare state, not the morality of the unwed mother or father.

        However, that being said, you are clearly itching for a discussion on the topic. So, lets talk about it. The law heavily favors women when it comes to unwanted pregnancy...no doubt. When an unwanted pregnancy occurs, the law provides multiple, legally available ways for the woman to abdicate responsibility for her actions (abortion, adoption, etc). The law makes absolutely no provision for a man. This whole concept that the man has "had his fun" and now must "pay the price" is nothing more than a feminazi party line. SHE had fun as well. SHE made the same choices he made. The difference lies in the fact that the man's options are whether he is going to sleep with the woman or not. After he makes this decision, the law allows him no further choices during the ensuing chain of events. Yeah, I know, "it's her body". That excuse is getting old even with feminazis. If you really want TRUE gender equality then the law must change. But then again...that's not what you're really seeking is it?

    • Zoly12

      How many more "men" out there have fathered 30 kids or more? And, how many of these "men"
      support them? Another generation of Government dependent folks on the way. One story
      was a woman telling her story about "being head of household" she had 9 illegitimate kids and
      said she supports them by having another to get an additonal $1,000 a month for a whopping
      total of $10,000 a month plus subsidized housing and WIC and food stamps.

  • democratsarefools

    Why did the former Vice President Quayle’s comments draw so much attention?

    Mr. Quayle was and is a Republican. That would be unlike VP Bite Me today who says things that will never be recognized as truth.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERVPL5LZSBWYLKDNGEZVDRTECU Ann Mallory

    I didn't think Dan Quayle was out of step then, and I don't think his comment could be considered out of step now. Having children outside of marriage deprives those children of a stable, loving, committed home.

    • Doodlebug

      Ya, Dan Quayle was right and unfortunate as it is to have a child brought up without a father (usually), it is more unfortunate that the women who don't have the money to raise this child/children, we the people will be expected to hand over the money to help with the cost of raising these children. If it keeps going as this administration wants, what little I have will be taken from me and given to others and then, someone will have to pay toward my upkeep. When will it ever end? Never under this administration!!

    • Taquoshi

      I asked our son one day if there was anything he was grateful for (always a dangerous question) and he quite frankly said, "Well, you and Dad are married to one another and always around when I need you." Later conversation revealed that he was acutely aware of two friends who were being raised in single parent homes and he saw how difficult it was. No lecture, no sermon, no straight talk could have gotten the point across any better than what he saw with his own eyes.

      • DixieAngel_76

        Your son is to be commended for being observant, sensitive, and wise beyond his years.

        • Antoninus

          Kids know it makes a difference. They don't need to be Einstein.

    • Fleur

      I totally agree with you, Ann. I am also against women having children in order to qualify for Social Services. I would support an involuntary sterilization procedure for every unmarried, non-working welfare recipients who has more than two children. We are paying for her sex life and its mistakes-planned or otherwise-as well as food, housing, etc. Stop the government handout by controlling unplanned, unfathered pregnancies. No abortion, only tubal ligation or hysterectomies. The quality of education would improve as the system would not be as overloaded. Stopping the illegitamate number of births in the country would have a tremendous effect on economic recovery. If women cannot manage their sex lives, then I'm afraid the government might have to step in. These abusers should be the first to be cited. Watch the unemployment rates drop as well.

      • DixieAngel_76

        I don't support anything being done by the government involuntarily, but I would love to see a requirement that unwed moms (or even married ones) must sign a contract to have either an IUD or Norplant to keep from becoming pregnant again as long as they are getting public assistance. No sign, no check, simple as that. We don't need to make it involuntary.

  • http://www.weneedham.com/ James G. Needham

    The progressives, in their infinite wisdom and open-mindedness, have fostered a society which asks mothers, "Do you want to be married and provide your children with two parents; or do you want to let the government take care of you and your children?" Tough question, and the answer is clear by the "life-style" it has fostered.

  • Harold

    ANYONE who would vote for Obama, or Barry Soeterro, or whatever his real name is. If they had one brain it would be lonely. Unless of course you want to destroy America like YOUR dear leader is doing.

  • UnrepentantCurmudgeon

    Quayle may not have been the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but he recognized, lived and articulated basic American values. At the heart of America lies the family, and his point about Murphy Brown was not that there was anything disgraceful in her bearing a child as a single mother, but that glamorizing that was a step away from promoting essential family values. He was right, he was mocked, and now look at where we are. Ironically, the left is now circling back around. Hopefully, not too little or too late.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ron-Mathis/1207714182 Ron Mathis

      Quayle is actually quite intelligent, but was demonized by the left. He was handed a card with the word "potatoe" on it and never lived it down. He was set up.

    • Rodis

      Dan Quayle is smart enough, as is George W. Bush and so was Ronald Reagan. According to liberals all Republicans leaders are dumb and Democrats are brilliant. Don't forget, Eisenhower, a brilliant General was also a Republican and also dumb in their eyes. Just think about that. Shameful!!!

      • Slug Wannamaker

        So why do all the Conservatives call Obama "dumb" and keep saying "Dumbocrats"? Good for the goose good for the gander?
        One thing about Reagan though. he was smart enough to know that the Contras were a bunch of murdering rapists. Look it up. Of course for the American public - whom HE took for idiots - the Contras were the "moral equivalent of the Founding Fathers".

      • X

        Ike was a dem before he was a republican

  • cangemiart

    This is the real reason our schools are failing. There are too many children who are not receiving the proper support at home to work hard in school and respect authority. And parents are not being held responsible for the failures of their children. Instead, we are putting all the blame on teachers. Parental involvement IS the most important factor in child rearing AND education. And the problem is only going to get worse with the demise of traditional marriage.

    • baxtor

      The teachers are to blame as the parents,Teachers today are like puppets,Once there used to be "the pledge of allegience" in schools,before that teachers read "bible stories" to you ,and,but this was outlawed,the ACLU people ,the Anti ,Christian lawyers union, and these people like these liberial godhaters as "the people for the American way,they called these principals and they threaten them to sue them,and the principals got scared,and gave in,and when groups like "The Gideons " come to a school and pass out bibles their told they can't,because it against "the separation of church and state" .People that like most Believers in Christ,didn't know their 1st amendment right that say the government can't tell you whom to worship,or even stop you in a school ,or legal place to stop because you have religious freedom,if they tell you to stop their breaking the law that says "congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion or the prohibiting the free exercise thereof" So the prohibiting of praying in schools is that government
      prohibiting you to exercise religion" Therefore when the bible is refused as a "foundation" of morality" then depravity because evident ,because we have no standards,no right and wrong,we make ourselves the standard,and the laws that are made in congress,and the senate,and wicked law,than rightious laws come from a Rightious Lawgiver ,and crime gos down.
      The foundation is the home,but if the home doesn't do it ,and the schools say no to God,no to Jesus,then we are teaching childing to deny Jesus legally ,and hell causes children to have hard hearts to Jesus,and once your heart is hard and your lost ,if the person of the Holy Spirit does take his hammer and break your heart,then you won't hear the Spirit speak to you ,convicting you of your need for Jesus to save you.Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance (Psa 33:12) (Psa 33:12)If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psa 11:3)(Psa 11:3)

      • Slug Wannamaker

        If you want to send your kid to a Bible school, that's fine. But you do it on your own dollar. If you want to send your kid to public school, on my dollar, you don't get to decide what gets taught there. Religious freedom doesn't mean the right to force your beliefs on others. And no religion, Christian or Zoroastrian or whatever, has a monopoly on right and wrong.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5BNGXHBUKLYWRXUUDEE7NMMKUI Rick

      The left knows this, but their toads with PhDs are looking to the day when the state will raise and educate all American children

      • Slug Wannamaker

        So now there's something wrong with having a PhD? Who is supposed to teach nuclear physics so we can maintain our nuclear arsenal? A guy with a GED? Who is supposed to teach our children to think? Somebody who believes the sky is supported on the backs of four very large turtles?

    • WARIII

      First problem is when paretal involment occurs and the parent tells the child the school is teaching LIES, hte administration shuts the parents out. Example-- the text books state that our country is a Democratic republic, and is tought as such by the teacher and is required by the state(Mo.) But our country is a Representatve Republic--- So say the founders! All the blame is not the teacher in the class room, but the people in the state education bureacracies are made up of men and women that started as teachers.

      • Kingfish

        Hi War III, I always taught my students that our country was a Federal Republic with direct Democracy at the 'grass roots' level. We are not a Unitary system, though Obama want's to create a society very much like that of Italy under the Fascist prior to World War II.

        • Slug Wannamaker

          Excuse me, but did you teach your students that the third person singular of the verb "want" has an apostrophe too?
          Fascism is characterized by corporate control of government. Obama was put in office by that corporate control, but he sure as hell didn't put it in place.

        • woodyl1011fl

          Wrong fascism is another form of socialist totalitarianism and the state controls the corporations. In practical terms the only difference in ruling between Fascist Socialism and Marxist Socialism is the name of the tyrant dictator running government the party controls. We have a wannabe dictator and his socialist party desiring remake America into a socialist parliamentary system.

        • woodyl1011fl

          Wrong fascism is another form of socialist totalitarianism and the state controls the corporations. In practical terms the only difference in ruling between Fascist Socialism and Marxist Socialism is the name of the tyrant dictator running government the party controls. We have a wannabe dictator and his socialist party desiring remake America into a socialist parliamentary system.

        • woodyl1011fl

          Wrong fascism is another form of socialist totalitarianism and the state controls the corporations. In practical terms the only difference in ruling between Fascist Socialism and Marxist Socialism is the name of the tyrant dictator running government the party controls. We have a wannabe dictator and his socialist party desiring remake America into a socialist parliamentary system.

    • Slug Wannamaker

      We put the blame on teachers because they belong to unions, and unions are the Devil's work? Aren't they?
      But hey - single moms can and do - out of necessity, especially if they get no help - raise good kids. It's no more true to say they're automatically bad parents that it is to say a "traditional" family is automatically good. If a traditional family teaches bigotry and exclusion, mom and dad both, is that better than a single mom or dad who respects others?

  • manuel a

    so let me get this right these women want to have babies but dont want the father in thier or babies life but they want to get what ever money the guy's have talking about haveing your cake and eating it to then if he dont pay up he goes to prison ect i what would happen if these women were to go to sperm bank who theyed be getting the money from ya i know you all say the government but how long is that going to go on for because there is no dad to go after ect and now they want pitty kind of makes you wonder in some cases why the father left in the first place and if you have young girls talking about how they want to marry a guy who can take care of them and so fouth but end up not wanting the father around just his money now that what sad i thought it took two to tangle

    • Slug Wannamaker

      "Let me get this right"? Pal, this article is about something Dan Quayle said in 1992. It's being trotted out now because the corporate noise machine that wants to create a theocratic police state in the USA saw an opportunity to peddle it talking points.

  • Steve

    'Great Society' my a _ _. If LBJ could see what he created he'd bury his head in shame. The parents of these 'lifestyle' freeloaders are to blame.

    • rick0857

      LBJ wouldn't bury his head in shame he'd do the same thing all democrats do, and that is "look at all the future voters" for the demise of America party, the progressive liberal democrats and their sychophantic media. Who's going to pay for all this welfare spending when the rest of America says screw it I'm going Galt?

    • Dixie Jo

      No, he wouldn't. It is precisely what he and other Progressives were planning all along. Patience paid off for them.

  • Brama

    Spot on. It is irresponsible... not to them, but primarily to the children that are raised in poverty, entitlement mentality, or without a father, which has more than been demonstrated to be a highly influencing factor in crime, abortion, self esteem, and understanding role responsibility. In the quest for "choice",the ends justify the means, and future impact on themselves, or the future generation they raise, is sacrificed on the alter of self-centeredness. What a noble cause they lead. (A bit of sarcasm with that last sentence there).

  • alio

    Well, well! It's about time they recognize Dan was right about this subject. It's taken years to prove children need a mom and a dad. A mom who breeds to get more money from the gov't is normal for some who believe the Gov't is our savior. Sorry guys, God is my savior, not the Gov't.

    • Slug Wannamaker

      And God pays your unemployment and retirement?

      • X

        Slug, please don't confuse a social program, which we all pay taxes to have, such as retirement, with salvation, which is eternal.
        The only thing eternal about the government is that is how long it will take us to pay off the debt they have run up.

        • woodyl1011fl

          Slug Wannamaker is a liberal and the liberal mind is irrational and reveals it's depravity at every opportunity it is given to expose itself. It believes it is morally superior and is entitled to its neighbor wealth and property. Liberals see their god everyday every time they look in mirror or see their reflection so they are doing god's work because what ever they do is god's work. How satisfying to think you are a god in your own mind. Just look at Washington DC -Nuff Said!!!!

  • pduffy

    And to think.... for thousands of years women saw childbirth as a great blessing, and it was considered a curse to be barron. But not in the last days.... now having an abortion is considered a high acheivement as the woman is now "free" from the bonds of a man or the child growing inside of her body, which is to be used to fornicate for pleasure. WHAT A SICK AND DEBASED CULTURE!

  • conserv

    Yep -- Dan Quayle was a box of rocks because he misspelled potato -- but our esteemed president has visited all 57 states!!

    • 1775concord

      Actually, Quayle didn't misspell potato/potatoe. He was given cards with which to question a school class in a spelling contest. The card he was given said "potatoe"...which the children had been taught. The left press just smeared him.

      • gingercake5

        Wow. I never heard that! The kid had actually been taught to spell it wrong, and the card was wrong.

        • Ardnas

          He was obviously set up.........

        • DixieAngel_76

          And probably made up by a leftist teacher.

      • johnsnare

        Absolutely correct,1775concord. Because Quayle was and is a Republican he was fair game. Obama, and Biden, together, make Quayle look like an Einstein.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IBPI63ABT264USBDALCN4F7UKY billy2

    Nope, he wasn't off message at all................now look what the liberal thinkers have created..........pure Havoc!! of course this has been in the works for years.........slowly but surely, we have ingrained 80 commies to our Congress, now see what we got in our oval office to top the 80.............a muslim, commie/marxist, totalitarian,evil, nasty piece of work.

  • drdbiggs

    Why not mandate tubal ligation to receive welfare benefits along with vasectomies for males like the guy in Memphis that sired 20 or 30 future rocket scientists!!

    • whodunit?

      Drdbiggs, I'm just curious, but do those 20 or 30 future rocket scientists share the same surnames? I've heard so many stories of...well, you know...!:))

  • flaphil

    Two choices are popular with the leftists.... abortion or bastards. It's great to do one of the two. They've eliminated the talk of a family as a man, woman and children, they've replaced the male with a woman or fag friend. America is now the example of, "you reap what you sow".

  • GeoInSD

    I don't have a problem with people making "lifestyle choices". What I do have a problem with is when people make lifestyle choices but expect other people to be financially responsible for their lifestyle choices. This isn't just restricted to the topic of having children. It applies to other areas as well. If a person takes out a mortgage that he/she can't afford, he/she should bear the consequences of doing so, not expect a taxpayer bailout. If insurance companies (like AIG) bet wrong, they need to suffer the consequences when things don't go their way. The same for banks, hedge funds, etc.

    The free market cannot have its self correcting effects without entities suffering the consequences when things don't go as they hoped. I am sure a poker player's betting will be very different if he/she had all bad bets covered by someone else but got to keep all winning hands.

    For the last several decades, our society has eliminated or softened the negative consequences of choices. That has consequence itself where government dependency is bred and liberties lost.

    • Slug Wannamaker

      A person who takes out a mortgage he/she can't afford doesn't deserve a bailout, and banks that bring the economy crashing down because they granted bad loans AND speculated that people would default on them don't deserve a bailout either, do they. But they got it - under a Republican administration.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCBGBASEIYYCDZJK33G5ZQ6Z6E don g

        slug who was it said give low income loans democrates were they not who tried to stop that was it a demo no repub banks had to do this did they not by force of the demos by the way im one for 20 plus years no more no obama made my mistake voting last time for the bummmmm

      • GeoInSD

        And your point is about Republicans? I wasn't being partisan. My argument was on principle. I am very aware that Republicans have engaged in this behavior as well. Both Dems and Reps are guilty of non-free market behavior. But I also have the impression that Dems are much more likely than Republicans to intervene. But my original point had nothing to do with parties, though you seem to turn it into a partisan argument.

        I do believe in the free market and for it to work, the negative consequences MUST be suffered as well as reap the gains. I do personally invest and I have suffered big losses on certain investments. Not once did it occur to me that I should get any sort of bailout. I know that there is risk. If you take away the risk behavior gets riskier also. If people/companies get bailouts then it is much more likely to happen again since they didn't suffer the full pain of their bad choices.

        Don't turn this into a partisan argument because it is not.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XOX5TZKO6SAVFBLGCNOXWAMYRY vietvetagstjkerry_1

        Actually, under the Fair Housing Act as Amended in 1995 under Clinton, which was passed by a Democrat Controlled House and Senate, Banks and Mortgage were prohibited from considering a person actual income in determining if they were a good risk. Many were given loans called Sub-Prime and they started out with very low payments. However at the end of three years to five years the interest rate went thru the roof, and the payment also went thru the roof. These people could no longer afford to make the payments on a house that in reality was beyond their means. But they were stuck with doing one of two things, feed their family or pay the mortgage. When this was pointed out to the House Banking and Finnance Committee Chaired by Rep Barney Frank he and Rep Maxine Waters actually attacked the messenger, Senator McCain and President GW Bush. So when these banks which had bought what they had been told by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack were Secure Mortgage Investments found out it was a Lie, they also were stuck with them and after the bottom fell out of the Mortgage Market, the Banks around the world who invested in the Mortgage Investments began to fail also. You Want to Blame Someone, Blame Barney Frank, Maxine Waters and many others who were and still are members of that Committee.

        • george

          one other thing happen that compounded the problem is with so many ore loans being made it drove the price of homes up. Those who were borrowing money to buy homes were having to pay for homes that had their values driven up artificially. Government intervention just made things worse in the long run.  All those who would like to blame free markets need to realize when free markets fail it is caused by government interfrring. do some research. know the truth, google milton friedman or thomas sowell and learn somthing about free market and how government has thwarted time and time again. It works when government stays out. the republicans don't always get this right either,but atleast they have done a slightly better job.

      • george

        The banks that weree bailed out under fannie may and freddy macks were coerced to make those loans from the government. Small banks that were independent of the government faired much better then those that made the government backed loans.

      • duke

        Hey Slug,the morgage crisis was caused by Jimmy Carter when he and the Dummycrats passed the Neighorhood Reinvestment Act with the blessing of ACORN to to force banks to give sub prime morgages to people who could not qualify for a morgage.The banks and morgage companies had no choice but to go along with the program. Since you have a problem with Repulicans I thought I would give you a history lesson on the Democratic party. I order to be a member of the KKK you could not be a Catholic, Black, Jew or a Repulican.Only Democrats and Protestants were able to be members.

      • Marine

        with full demo backing dip

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

    Having a child out of wed lock is immoral and counter to Christianity. Abortion is murder. Wear a rubber or keep your legs crossed it worked then and it sure works now. It just is not as "cool" and that we need to work on. Make it shameful once again to be single and have a child just like it use to be. Come to think of it we can do the same with divorce.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CC23VR36NLPWT6E3P4S3IPYU7A CA DMD

      Why is it that self control has gone gone gone? What's wrong with waiting for marriage to have children? A secure, happy child needs a married mom & dad...that's God's plan for us.

  • jjkrjw

    This administration LOVES single moms. They are part of the progressives' base.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DZ6Q5C5E2TOB444P2O5IAPLCFM Keysrat

      Yeah! They want to make sure they get their CHECK, FOOD STAMPs, Housing, Cell Phone, free lunch.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FIA2SAZA2JP4OMTLOBRSOMNOQ Sis

    Talk about slow learners! I think this tops the cake! Maybe-JUST MAYBE everyone should have listened to Dan Quayle! There would be fewer unkept kids right now. But it is still not to late to start living the kind of life that it is wrong to have babies without a MOM and DAD!!!

  • Vazir Mukhtar

    I haven't seen one yet but am sure the Quayle quote will appear in a piece about the Republican "War on Women."

  • fredh

    Since mothers started staying in the workforce after having a baby, 1972, the year they burnt their bras. The family went to hell, divorce sky rocketed. since 1964 congress has passed over 400 laws to empower women, 0 laws for men. Government told these women , your career is more important then staying home rearing. If we Americans would look at the price of homes, vehicles, and energy , they have all sky rocketed.Before 1972 the inflation rate was 2 percent per year ( 1776 thru 1972) since 1972 the inflation rate has been 15 percent. Government gave all the incentives to women like child care, sick leave. Now government could rear and brain wash all children, like they did in Russia ,under the communist. The problem is so mad ,that now women out number men in the workforce, yet this country was built and defended by men. And if another war like the 2nd world War breaks, men will still be obligated to fight this war.

  • Sutekh

    Hollywood actors should be regarded the same way that actors were in Elizabethan England. They should not be role models for anybody.
    For example, I was underwhelmed by the news that Angeliina Jolie Voight and Brad Pitt were "engaged."
    They have been shacked up for so long that no one with any brains cares at this point.

    • Slug Wannamaker

      And the last thing a Hollywood actor should do is become president of the United States.

  • Slug Wannamaker

    Dan Quayle is famous for telling an audience, on his first visit to Latin America, that he wished he had studied his Latin harder in high school. Still, he had a point here, and on a personal level I agree with him. But when you get down to it, it's not the business of government or an elected official to tell people what to do, or in this case whether or not they can have a child. The next step is eugenics.

    The problem with the Reagan administration is that he campaigned on an anti-government platform. Excuse me? If you don't believe in government, then why the hell are you running for president? Stay in business - or in Reagan's case, the arts. Concentrate on making money, and then you can buy a government that'll let you do whatever you want. Fine. Just don't let it tell people what to do.

    • george

      did you really think this comment out. How else would you make government smaller then to put those into positions to control the size. If your one who wants government bigger it doesn't mean you have to run for office, it just means you vote for those who will expan it. It would almost like saying if you want bigger government then move to Russia. (I am not saying love the US or leave it i am just using this an example.) A president can initate more regulations or make fewer. What works best for everyone. I don't ask anyone to be conservative or librial, but i do ask you to find out for your self what works. Was China better off under Mao or have they faired better since they have switched to a free market. Does a free market keep poor down or does it allow them to advance through hard work and sacrifice. Regan wanted the government out of the way of the average man. He ended or atleast tried to end, regulations and to the extent he did it worked. The free market made us the strongest nation economically way before we were the strongest superpower.  

    • Tsar

      The reference to Quails mistake about Latin America could be matched with O’Bama saying he was sorry he didn’t know the Austrian language (it’s German you moron).

  • poptoy1949

    There are many instances where the Press should apologize to Former Vice President Quayle and admit he was correct on a range of issues.

  • Paul Clements

    Take a
    look at what all those single mother homes impose on society, and try to
    calculate the cost of that. Then, look at all the unwed mothers who refuse to
    put their babies up for adoption. Could
    it be they don't want to give up the government benefits offered by the
    liberals who want to make EVERYONE dependent on the government? (SOCIALISM!)
    Wouldn't it be better to give fathers custody, at least SHARED custody? Or are

    politicians too enamored of the federal incentive payments for collecting child
    support?

    SINGLE
    MOTHER HOMES

    (cites omitted
    for brevity)

    37.8% of
    single mothers are divorced, 41% never married, and only 6.5% widows.

    “The strongest predictor of whether a person
    will end up in prison, is that they were raised by a single parent”.

    70% of inmates in state juvenile detention
    centers serving long sentences, were raised by single mothers.

    72% of
    juvenile murderers, and 60% of rapists came from single mother homes.

    70% of
    teen births occur to girls in single mother homes.

    70% of
    drop-outs, and 70% of teen suicides come
    from single mother homes.

    70% of
    runaways, 70% of juvenile delinquents, and 70% of Child murderers, come from
    single mother homes.

    “Girls
    raised without fathers are more sexually promiscuous, and more likely to end up
    divorced.”

    “After
    controlling for single motherhood, the difference between black and white crime
    rates disappeared.”

    63% of
    all youth suicides,

    70% of
    all teen pregnancies,

    71% of
    all adolescent chemical/substance abusers,

    80% of
    all prison inmates, and

    90% of
    all homeless and runaway children, came from single mother homes.

    Children
    brought up in single mother homes are:

    5 times
    more likely to commit suicide,

    9 times
    more likely to drop out of high school,

    10 times
    more likely to abuse chemical substances,

    14 times
    more likely to commit rape,

    20 times
    more likely to end up in prison,

    32 times
    more likely to run away from home.

    “America has more than twice as many teenage
    births as other developed nations.”

    86% of
    American teen births are out of wedlock.

    Detroit ranks No.1 in unmarried births
    among the nation's 50 largest cities. Of the 16,729 babies born in Detroit in 1997, 13,574 were black, 1,679
    were white and 817 were Hispanic. Seventy-one percent were born to unmarried
    mothers. This compared with a state average of 33 percent and a 50-city average
    of 43 percent."

    Detroit
    is the worst offender on our list of America's most dangerous cities, thanks to
    a staggering rate of 1,220 violent crimes committed per 100,000 "

    Single parents make up a third of Wisconsin parents, The
    Annie E. Casey Foundation reports. And according to a 2009 report from the US
    Census Bureau, there are approximately
    13.7 million single parents across the U.S., with single mothers outpacing single fathers five to one.

    In 2003,
    there were 1.5 Million unwed births, and less than 1% were put up for adoption.

    50% of
    single mothers are below the poverty line, their children are 6 times more
    likely to be in poverty than children with married parents.

    85% of
    homeless families are single mother families.

    90% of
    welfare recipients are single mothers.

    There
    were 3 million single mothers in 1970 and 10 million in 2003.

    The
    illegitimacy rate went up more than 300% since 1970.

    A 2008
    study led by Georgia State University economist Benjamin Scafidi
    conservatively estimated that single mothers cost the U.S. taxpayer $112 billion every year.

    But in
    fact, Scafidi underestimated single mothers' burden to society by excluding
    additional costs of single mothers to poverty programs such as the Earned
    Income Tax Credit.

    That
    makes his estimates very low: Single mothers are six times more likely to be in
    poverty than married families. More than 80 percent of homeless families are single
    mothers.

    Scafidi's
    study also did not consider the burden single mothers place on law enforcement
    because of their higher likelihood to neglect or kill their children.

  • Zoly12

    Quayle was just way ahead of the times. And, b/c he was a GOP he was hung without a trial.
    had a "Kennedy" said that, it would have been "brilliant".
    But, we don't need moral leaders, do we? We have Obuma, who lies, breaks promises and stars
    on any TV talk show that will give him time. Whose running the WH, and when will he have time
    to meet with Congress? But then all that campaigning on taxpayers nickel takes a lot of time.
    If he manages to get another term, say goodbye to the USA as we knew it, it will go
    bankrupt. Oh, yeh he can blame Bush for everything.

    • D Bach

      I agree with everything you wrote.  I hope Dan Quayle reads the nice things being said about him.  The news media was so unfair.

  • Hollie2009ad

    The truth put Jesus on the Cross, and as long as we stay with the Truth, the world will hate us, as it has and still does, hate Jesus. Of course, Dan Quayle was right, the sad thing about his comments, they were taken out of context, which is normal for the secular press. +JMJ+

  • junkmailbin

    she does whom ever she wants when she wants and the taxpayer pays the bill. This is sound liberal logic

  • banshee

    I remember the flap perfectly well. Quayle was crucified, and the press mocked him for allegedly thinking that Brown was a real person (for the benefit of those who hadn't heard, or paid attention to, what Quayle had actually said. The way Quayle was treated destroyed any respect I had for the MSM.

  • Unclecharley

    Has SLUG been sleeping with Rip Van Winkle?