Family holds a central place in our political rhetoric. Family gathered at home around the hearth or at the dinner table is a trope that is featured in movies, music and writing. Politicians talk about supporting families. Companies speak of family-friendly personnel policies and work environments.
The reality of how families are treated in America is quite different. Broadly we provide less support to families than other developed countries. These failings of support come in many domains: minimum livable income, housing, healthcare, education, transportation, child care, parental leave for new borns and more. The wealthy and rich are able to buy all the support they need. In fact they are the subject of much favoritism in tax and social policies.