“A stealth government marriage courtesan”

Greg Beato provides us with almost everything we need to know about Maggie Gallagher.

Gallagher was paid $21,500 by the government in 2002. She wrote the columns in question in 2002. Does she really get so many five-figure checks each year from her various benefactors that she can almost immediately forget one for $21,500?

In return for the $21,500, Gallagher’s primary task was to draft a 3000-word essay for one Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ultimately, the essay was published by Crisis magazine; in it, Gallagher, writing as Horn, exclaims: “Adults, too, benefit from healthy and stable marriages. They tend to live longer, healthier lives and are more affluent. Married mothers suffer from considerably lower rates of depression than their single counterparts. Like a good education, a good marriage is a real asset. Married men earn between 10 and 40 percent more than similar single men, and married couples accumulate substantially more wealth. By the time they’re ready to retire, married couples have, on average, assets worth two and a half times as much as their single counterparts. (The figure for married couples is $410,000, compared with $167,000 for those who never married and $154,000 for divorced individuals, according to Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher in their book, The Case for Marriage.)”

As John Lott can no doubt attest, it’s a nice bit of postmodern reflexiveness to quote yourself in a piece you’re ghost-writing.

Now I mentioned above that Greg was supplying with almost everything we need to know about Marrying Maggie. Julia at Sisyphus Shrugged sent me this link wherein we learn that Ms. Gallagher herself was once an unwed mother.

Some readers may remember the squall over Dan Quayle and Murphy Brown. At that time Maggie Gallagher published anon the op-ed page of the New York Times “An Unwed Mother for Quayle,” and it deserves not to get lost in the memory hole of yesterday’s news. Ms. Gallagher, too, is a journalist and unwed mother, but in the real world. After ten years as an unwed mother, she has some thoughts on what it takes.

So we see that we should go easy on Ms. Gallagher, who had to learn the hard way about one parent families, and who knows the shame and pain of raising a child alone and wants to share that knowledge with young women so that they won’t make the same mistakes she did when she was young and foolish.

And, obviously, a slut.

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