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Family Freedom
Family Intactness, Parental Participation, and Student Performance

April 9, 2014 - 4:28pm CDT

When President Obama was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly of FOX News, O’Reilly made the statement that poverty is driven by the dissolution of the American family. He specifically asked the president, “Why isn’t there a campaign by you and the First Lady to address this very explicitly?” President Oba... READ MORE

Family Structure, Geography, and Income Mobility

March 12, 2014 - 4:29pm CDT

Politicians and economists from the left and the right have been decrying the lack of economic mobility in the United States and offering different solutions to solve the problem. In a recent interview on CNBC, Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, said that although we shou... READ MORE

The Negative Impact of Multi-Generational Welfare

February 12, 2014 - 4:31pm CST

Government welfare programs were originally designed to be temporary to help people get back on their financial feet. Today, that is no longer true. For instance, SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid system, imposes no time limits on the recipients as long as they meet various income-eligibility requirem... READ MORE

GDP Undervalues the Impact of the Family

January 13, 2014 - 4:32pm CST

A strict free-market reading of economic growth would support the view that any monetary generating activity is of equal value to society. But is that really the case? For example, if I spend $1,000 on an abortion or $1,000 on a life-saving procedure, are the two activities really of the same value?... READ MORE

A High-Investment Strategy for Oklahoma

November 14, 2013 - 4:33pm CST

We all know someone who is divorced. Most people either have been close to someone journeying through a divorce or have endured the emotionally trying path themselves. While it is exceptionally hard on the husband and wife, what about the children? Where there is the confluence of life challenges a... READ MORE

The Importance of Family-Owned Businesses

September 9, 2013 - 4:43pm CDT

Two of my boys are in the midst of reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy and Little House in the Big Woods. The older boy, who is always trying to minimize work and maximize play, has commented several times that farm kids must sweat a lot since they are engaged in so much physical labor. The yo... READ MORE

Congratulations, KD!

August 5, 2013 - 4:43pm CDT

When sports fans discovered that NBA all-star Kevin Durant proposed to WNBA standout Monica Wright, pundits quickly asked, “How will marriage change KD?” Implied in the very tone of the question was not merely that marriage will change Durant—and it will—but that it must necessarily negatively affe... READ MORE

‘Freedom Feminism’ and the Pursuit of Happiness

August 1, 2013 - 4:45pm CDT

With 70 percent of women now in the workforce, at first glance the audience might seem enormous for the recent bestselling career book "Lean In," in which author Sheryl Sandberg discusses perceived roadblocks women face in their careers.  Sandberg herself is a Harvard-educated woman who before the ... READ MORE

Black Leaders Say Personal Responsibility Key to Economic Opportunity

July 11, 2013 - 4:47pm CDT

What do Bill Cosby, Walter Williams, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter have in common?  They are all black men who grew up in Philadelphia. Williams and Cosby are a year apart in age. Both grew up in the Richard Allen housing projects in Philly and were raised by their mothers. Cosby attended T... READ MORE

T.W. Shannon Recovers the Worth of Work

June 5, 2013 - 4:49pm CDT

It’s with good reason that Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon continues to garner respect and attention from thoughtful people across the country. Among other accomplishments, Shannon sponsored House Bill 1909, which requires able-bodied individuals, ages 18 to 50, who are not raising a child, to ... READ MORE

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