House legal team cites controversial parenting study
Potter, who conducted his research using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, says in a discussion of the results that the “transitions and changes that accompany the formation of such households” factored heavily into the lower test scores. He stresses that instability within the family, rather than the family structure itself, seemed to have had more of an effect on the children’s test scores.
Potter explains that “same-sex parent families are often created through a series of changes to and transitions in children’s family structure” but notes that “not all same-sex parent families are created from dissolved opposite-sex relationships.” According to Potter, other research “continues to offer invaluable information regarding the outcomes of children in same-sex parent families and the beneﬁt that a consistent family structure can have on the development of children regardless of parents’ sexual orientation.”
In an email exchange, Potter said he had not previously been aware that BLAG had used his study in its defense of DOMA. He said he did not disagree with BLAG’s characterization of his results but also suggested that he interprets the results somewhat differently.
“It has come to my attention that several different groups have been referencing my study because it does arrive at a baseline finding that living in a same-sex parent family is associated with lower academic scores in children,” Potter said. “But … the negative association is accounted for by including information on the number of transitions that children experience. … I interpret these findings to suggest that it is not the family structure per se that is associated with children’s lower performance, but that it is the instability and transitions leading up to the formation of these families that matters.”
Potter added: “I do not view my study as rejecting prior research on same-sex parent families, nor do I believe it offers the quintessential investigation from which future research should advance. It is a piece of a larger puzzle of social science research that is largely still in its infancy phase, and only as more and better data becomes available will we be able to more fully understand and arrive at conclusions related to the outcomes of children in same-sex parent families.”
Asked to comment on a common argument gay-marriage advocates make — that same-sex marriage should be legal because it encourages stability — Potter said his findings do not address the marriage issue.
“I think the results do push forward the idea that stability is a central element for understanding the role of family structure in children’s lives,” he said, “but the research cannot speak to the issue of same-sex marriage.”
Thank you for a well researched and well written article.
There are plenty of dtnefiiions for those who wish to see them. No one is asking for 50% of anything, that is merely right talking points. The definition is simple, the top 1% of earners actually paying taxes which fall in line with those who make much less. Go look up historical tax brackets in the US, notice when we are about to fall into the gutter, like say the Great Depression or the Reagan Era, tax brackets for the top earners dropped significantly, which happened also very recently in our history with The Bush tax cuts and you’ll see the pattern, if you care to.
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, the percent, I do beivele, is too high; punitive taxes are not effective, are not wise, and harm growth and development. With percents in use, you should not punish people with different percents, except as a criminal penalty process. If we continue to penalize success we should expect to fail as a nation; we should expect our best and brightest, and wealthiest, to leave.Returning to whether it’s cash; during the financial collapse, one of the banks that fell actually had hard assets that could have paid their debt. Due to the wealth punitive tax code, if they had tried to move that to liquidity to do so, it would have been preemptively taxed at something like 60%. The result was the bank falling, not because they weren’t worth it, but because the taxes prevented them from being worth it in the real world. That’s terrible policy, and bad for the economy. (No I don’t remember which one, IIRC they’re suing over the Fed transferring their assets in a fire sale currently.)Now, somewhat because of that wealth punitive system, and due to the way modern money products work, there are definite tastes of regressive taxation in our current system. When comparing a wealthy person’s complete tax filing to a median income worker, and summing their worth, it can appear the wealthy pay less, as a percent of the total, because of the nature of taxes attaching to money in their current design. But, making the wealthy cash out stocks, or what have you, to pay taxes because they over performed isn’t a wise choice; you’re simply going to concentrate the wealth in a smaller and smaller group who have learned to game the system more, like Buffett.So, wrapping again to my personal premise: The system is broken, completely. Tinkering with percents, or wealth punitive rules, will not help. We need a new, planar percent application, which has a low enough to be painless for the poor rate, that allows taxation of a larger swath of the economic activity of the nation, without the need for shielding and obfuscation of wealth, and without punishing success and wealth.
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