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Ralph Reed: Making divorce harder a "better solution" than food stamps

Ralph Reed
Ralph Reed
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During the March 18, 2014 broadcast of Morning Joe on MSNBC, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed on Tuesday said that it was getting to be too easy for women with children to get a divorce from their husbands.

Reed had previously compared divorce to drug use and human trafficking, which host Mika Brzezinski obviously had to ask for further elaboration on.

"I personally think the no-fault divorce revolution in the 60s and 70s has not been good for society," said Reed. "Certainly, I recognize that couples are not going to be able to stay together. That's been true throughout society, but do we really want to make it easier for a man to discard the wife of his youth than it is for him to fire his secretary, for him to basically go in and say goodbye when 40 percent of all child support is never paid?"

Reed also added that "We know 40 percent of the women and children that are thus cast aside end up in poverty. A woman is far more likely to end up in poverty. A man's income goes up. So, a lot of the poverty problem in America is a problem of women and children abandoned by the husbands and fathers."

Yet for all of his feigned concern for women in America, Reed could not conceal what was ultimately a staunch anti-woman agenda.

When MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle suggested that support for federal aid programs like food stamps would be a better solution, Reed disagreed, saying that making divorce more difficult was a "better solution."

"Set aside the partisan politics, that if you have a society where children are born out of wedlock, end up in poverty, and end up as agents and wards of the state, that’s not a healthy society," he insisted.

It's also not a healthy society in which women frequently feel trapped with men who are abusive, counterproductive, or otherwise a far cry away from the man they thought they were marrying.

Reed's concern for women and children ultimately comes across as being just as phony as his "divine appointment" to learn about the real Barack Obama.

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