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Families, Not Government, Can Reduce Generational Poverty

May 7, 2014 - 4:23pm CDT

I have previously written in these pages (“Black Leaders Say Personal Responsibility Key to Economic Opportunity,” July 2013) about the mayor of a great city, a prize-winning economist, and an award-winning actor who all speak about the need for stable families. Just last month I discussed the inne... READ MORE

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

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