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The Values Gap Connects to the Income Gap

Recorded on April 15, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

We hear about the gender gap and the income gap, but how about the values gap? Author Charles Murray says that causes many of America's ills.

He defines those with a college degree as upper-class and those without one as lower-class. Murray says they've been growing apart for 50 years.

Back then, he says, they shared a commitment to marriage. But today 84 percent of upper-class are married but just 48 percent of lower-class. Lack of marriage causes lower academics for the children and a greater chance that they will have children out of wedlock.

Murray says income gaps reflect not only education, but also a lack of commitment to the stabilizing forces of marriage and religion.

He says we can only fix this if we stress the virtues of hard work, honesty, marriage and religion, and don't worry about being considered judgmental.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.