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ICYMI: Rubio: American Men Are Falling Behind

Sep 15, 2023 | Press Releases

From the classroom to the workforce, American men are falling behind

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

September 14, 2023

Miami Herald

My office compiled research on how men are performing in their vital role as providers…. The verdict? American men are doing poorly, from the classroom to the workforce and beyond…. 

As deindustrialization devastated communities and destroyed high-quality jobs, millions of men left the workforce…. When work disappeared, problems worsened in other aspects of men’s lives. Fewer men are married or committed fathers than they used to be. Many are addicted…, depressed, anxious and on the edge of complete despair….

[A] few main culprits are worth highlighting: deindustrialization and open borders…; the “college-for-all” bias in our education system…; the lack of work requirements for welfare programs…; and the 1960s-era social movements and technological changes that undercut…strong families and cultural values…. 

One next step is to rebuild America’s decaying industrial base…and restrict low-skilled immigration…. We can also reform the education system so that a greater share of federal education funding goes to vocational and technical training programs…. Finally, Congress should pass pro-work and pro-family reforms to reconnect drifting men with formative institutions….

America must be strong to face the challenges of the 21st century, and America cannot be strong without strong husbands, fathers, workers and leaders. The sooner we recreate the conditions for men to thrive, the better the future will be for all of us.

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