Friday, August 19, 2011

Perverse Times

I tripped across a story a few months ago from the Financial Times, titled "Recovery prompts US divorce rebound." One line of the two lines story has an interesting editorial comment when it says, "In a perverse sign of the economic recovery, the US divorce rate, which dipped in the recession, has bounced back, lawyers and matrimonial experts say."

I read that to mean that when the economy is bad, wives are willing to stay with their husbands. But when the economy gets better, they are willing to leave their husbands. I presume that's because they can leech off their husbands in a recovering economy (to "protect myself financially" as the late Melody Bodine said in court). Whereas there's no point in leaving when there's no pay off.

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