Welfare (Food Stamps, WIC, etc...) are not entitlements. They are taxpayer funded handouts and shouldn't be called entitlements at all. Social Security and Veteran's benefits are 'Entitlements' because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.
For example, increasing income for women and participation by them in the workforce has made them less dependent on men. Increased incarceration rates of black males combined with a reluctance of many white men to marry to black women has left black women with fewer viable options with respect to marriage.
If I devoted more thought to it, I could probably come up with a few more. IOW, the idea that one single thing (like the right wing delusion that it's caused by welfare) is the cause is hopelessly simplistic which explains why simpletons prefer it (there's less to remember)
Increased incarceration: Men in jail aren't making babies generally.
Interracial marriage is much more common and accepted than it once was, and anyway, what goes for poor blacks goes for poor whites as well.
I'm not so sure that the financial help available to single mothers can be dismissed as a factor, perhaps a major factor.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
A lot of the decline in marriage period....is due to the fact that women do not need the male as a breadwinner, they can be the earner. Many women choose to be single mothers....because they can do so, without the threat of domestic violence. As I pointed out to your bud, after the implementation of no fault divorce, female suicide, homicide and domestic abuse declined sharply. There are many aspects to this issue, a one size does not fit all quintiles......but then.....the burden is being shifted, I'm not the one that has a point to prove......you do.So, what do you think is causing the decline in married couples raising children? Surely, whatever that factor may be must be a large part of the reason why blacks and whites alike are living in poverty.