For a long time in our culture, being a good dad meant providing for your kids. But it also means -- and many kids and dads agree -- being there for your kids. Unfortunately, outmoded policies often make being there at key moments, including birth and illness, the very thing that harms a dad's ability to provide.
The shifts in our economy have shown how easy it is to fall into poverty, and how hard it is to climb out. There is no upside to the fraying of the social safety net, no matter how some policymakers attempt to defend it. The consequences can be disastrous for families, disruptive to communities and a drain on the economy.