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Santorum's 2-point poverty solution

Last modified: 12/30/2011 12:00:00 AM
Rick Santorum is telling Iowans it's easy to avoid poverty.

First, graduate from high school. Second, get married before having kids. That's it.

'If you do those two things, you will be successful economically,' he was quoted as saying by the Huffington Post. 'What does that mean to a society if everybody did that? What that would mean is that poverty would be no more.'

Santorum has a point, according to a 2009 study by the Brookings Institution. The study found that Americans who finished high school, acquired a full-time job and waited until age 21 to get married before having children were much less likely to end up in poverty.

In fact, 'young adults who did all three had a 2 percent chance of winding up in poverty and a 74 percent chance of winding up in the middle class (defined as earning roughly $50,000 or more). By contrast, young adults who violated all three norms had a 76 percent chance of winding up in poverty and a 7 percent chance of winding up in the middle class.'


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