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What the Right Means by "Support"

Barbara O'Brien: On the Right, to "support" means "to weaken, neglect, or oppose."
Along with "the troops," another entity righties claim to "support" is "the family." As in "marriage" with "children." So one assumes righties will be disturbed by this story by Blaine Harden in today's Washington Post:
Punctuating a fundamental change in American family life, married couples with children now occupy fewer than one in every four households -- a share that has been slashed in half since 1960 and is the lowest ever recorded by the census.
As marriage with children becomes an exception rather than the norm, social scientists say it is also becoming the self-selected province of the college-educated and the affluent. The working class and the poor, meanwhile, increasingly steer away from marriage, while living together and bearing children out of wedlock.
Does this mean President Bush's Healthy Marriage Initiative isn't working? The HMI, you might remember, was George Bush's cure-all for welfare. Bush budgets carved money out of Medicaid and other "entitlements," but in 2006 HMI was allocated $750 million ($150 million per year for five years). The goal of HMI is to increase the number of children raised by married couples. (Here is a good analysis of HMI by Emily Amick of Wellesley College.)
Barbara O'Brien has guest blogged at the Take Back America Conference, Glenn Greenwald's, Unclaimed Territory, and Crooks and Liars. She is the "owner/proprietor" of The Mahablog.
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