Total Cost of One SMH (Single-Mother Household) Over 18 Years

FACTOR COST
A) Increased Incarceration Costs $149,979 each
B) Increased Welfare Costs $231,426 each
C) Increased Social Security Costs $96,426 each
D) Increased Medicare Costs $70,722 each
E) Lost Economic Productivity $533,571each
F) "Child Support" Payments $10,278
G) Increased Mortality Rate $86,598 each
TOTAL/SMH OVER 18 YEARS $1,179,000

 

A) Increased Incarceration Costs 74% of current prison inmates grew up in SMHs (Single-Mother Households) at a time when they were about 24% of all households.  There are 1,184,000 such inmates and 28 million SMHs, a rate of 4,228 inmates per 100,000 SMHs. There are 416,000 inmates who grew up in 68 million two-parent families (2PFs), a rate of 612 inmates per 100,000 2PFs.  If SMHs were eliminated and replaced with 2PFs, the rate of incarceration would be 612 inmates per 100,000 2PFs over 92 million 2PFs, for a total of 563,040 inmates.  Elimination of SMHs would reduce the current criminal justice system budget of $360 Billion by 64.8%, or $233.3 Billion.  This savings averaged over 28 million SMHs is $8,332/SMH, or $149,976 over the 18 year average lifespan of one SMH. $149,979 each
B) Increased Welfare Costs.  The Heritage Foundation estimates that total annual welfare costs are $360 Billion per year, the vast majority of which is used to sustain SMHs.  Averaged over 28 million SMHs this is $12,857/SMH or $231,428 over the 18 year average lifespan of one SMH. $231,426 each
C) Increased Social Security Costs.  More than one third of the $450 Billion per year Social Security payments is to those who neither contributed to the fund, nor retired (which means mostly SMHs), which is $5,357/SMH or $96,426 over the 18 year average lifespan of one SMH. $96,426 each
D) Increased Medicare Costs.  One third of the $330 Billion per year in Medicare expenditures is paid to SMHs which is $3,929/SMH, or $70,722 over the 18 year average lifespan of one SMH. $70,722 each
E) Lost Economic Productivity.  SAT Scores declined 98 points as the percent of fatherless children increased from 9% to 36%, which is 3.6 SAT Points per 1% increase in fatherlessness.  At the same time BY THE GOLD STANDARD GDP Per Capita plunged from (1973 GDP=$1.3 Trillion, /$32 per oz. gold=40.6 billion oz. gold, /189 million people =) 214.8 oz. gold/capita to (1994 GDP=$6.7 Trillion, /$420 per oz. gold=16 billion oz. gold, /260 million people=) 61.5 oz. gold/capita.  Had the US economy merely sustained its 1973 level of productivity per capita, GDP would now BY THE GOLD STANDARD be (214.8 oz. gold x 260 million people=55.8 billion oz. gold, x $420/oz. gold=) $23.4 Trillion.  After adjusting for whatever errors there may be in the GOLD STANDARD (which was an acceptable standard for the 4,000 years prior to the US dollar becoming the "standard"), if just half of this $16.7 Trillion shortfall were due to exclusively to SMHs, lost economic productivity/SMH is $296,429/SMH, or $5,335,714/SMH over the 18 year average lifespan of one SMH.  To be conservative, only 10% of this figure is used in this calculation $533,571 each
F) "Child Support Payments".  Total annual "child support payments" of $16 Billion per year averaged over 28 million SMHs is $571/SMH or $10,278/SMH over the 18 year average lifespan of one SMH.  But the real costs are reflected in E) above. $10,278 each
G) Increased Mortality Rate.  "remaining divorced or separated increases the likelihood of earlier death [of divorced men] by 120 percent. Among women, the risk jumps 80 percent. When parental divorce occurs before the children reached age 21, the children's risk of mortality increases by 44 percent". 28 million mothers have a mortality rate of 165 per 100,000 population rather than 114.8, 28 million fathers have a mortality rate of 593 rather than 270, and 36 million children have a mortality rate of 276 rather than 192.  Each year, 14,056 more mothers, 90,440 more fathers, and 30,240 more children die directly due to governmental support for SMHs.  At $1 million per life this is an annual economic loss of $134.7 Billion, which is $4,811/SMH or $86,598 over the 18 year average lifespan of one SMH. $86,598 each
TOTAL PER SMH OVER 18 YEARS $1,179,000