One nagging question that persists from yesterdays post is why would unmarried African-Americans have more kids than married ones? There are all sorts of class arguments that I've seen on the web that don't quite make sense to me. Among them--the black poor see welfare as an incentive. But welfare has been cut dramatically in recent years (five years and then your cut off for life, I believe plus a work requirement in many states) and the roles have been plunging. Furthermore, that analysis conflates the black poor with the black unmarried. There may be a high degree of overlap but those two are not the same. Any explanations? As always, I ask that we not take this chance to simply verify whatever prejudices we already have. This doesn't mean I want people to be all PC. I just don't want tautology. I know there are some folks with experience in sociology and econ lurking around here. I'd love to hear their thoughts.
Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.