Total Cost of One SMH (Single-Mother
Household) Over 18 Years
|A) Increased Incarceration Costs
|B) Increased Welfare Costs
|C) Increased Social Security Costs
|D) Increased Medicare Costs
|E) Lost Economic Productivity
|F) "Child Support" Payments
|G) Increased Mortality Rate
|TOTAL/SMH OVER 18 YEARS
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|TOTAL PER SMH OVER 18 YEARS