Hi Richard,

No it would not. I was aware of the conclusions that you reached based on my statement and can live with those conclusions. Pawlenty is more effective at conveying family values than Palin and Alaska is more of a welfare state than Minnesota. Fine by me.

What I find most interesting in that list of states is how many states with some of the highest out of wedlock birth rates are republican strongholds (please note I said many not all). I was thinking that those states would have less welfare if the politicians in those states practiced what they preached. To come to the conclusion that it is due to "welfare" is overly simplistic but to be expected. The report presents clear data that many of these pregnancies are in older career women and the overall birth rate among all mothers under 20 has actually declined (see figure 2).