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Government Spending Is Already Too Burdensome

Self-styled conservatives should not be aiding and abetting the push for class-warfare taxation by adding to the collection of proposed tax-rate increases on workers, investors, entrepreneurs, and business owners.

Put Working Families at the Front of the Line for Help

American Compass executive director Oren Cass argues that a policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.

Let Them Eat Daycare

Our policy debates center on helping working families, but they routinely fail to capture those families’ preferences for their own lives or for policies that would help them most. Proposals Read more…

1980 All Over Again? In Search of the Right Analogy for the 2020 Election

The 2020 election bears the most resemblance to 1980, which ushered a transformed Republican Party into the White House and Senate for the first time since 1954.

Don’t Federalize Family Policy

I want to find new ways for conservative governing principles to help the family, but I want to avoid labeling a policy as “conservative” simply because it purports to aid families.

Single Mothers’ Attitudes About Work and Motherhood

Gina, a single mother of three in southwestern Ohio, recently told me that being a mom saved her from despair and addiction. “It’s my life. It’s everything to me. It’s Read more…

When Farmers Are Not Farmers and Shepherds Are Not Shepherds

For too long we have let memories we cherish—of farms and farmers, of homesteads and pioneers, of cowboys on the range and Native Americans hunting the great herds—disguise how much we have lost and abandoned.

Toward a Family Wage (Subsidy)

An important insight deep within the structure of the Fisc is that much of the trouble ailing families right now is not strictly poverty; it’s fatherlessness.

Is A Child Allowance Pro-Work for Poor Parents?

An injection of cash to poor families might be less of a handout and more of a hand up, acting as much-needed capital for families by allowing them to afford the things necessary to stay employed.

The Social Meaning of Family Benefits

No-strings-attached cash through a child allowance does not sever social ties or lead to the commodification of parenthood. It maintains expectations and parents will earmark for their child’s needs.

For Pregnant Mothers, Make Payments Lump-Sum

Lump-sum payments will decrease the incentive for fraud while eliminating the inequity regarding length of pregnancy.

Making Young Men Marriageable

With few “marriageable” men employed in the kinds of decent-paying occupations that make them attractive as potential husbands, marriage has slipped out of reach for far too many poor and working-class Americans.

Taxing Families Like Companies

If families are people, and corporations are people, it stands to reason that families should be allowed to incorporate and file their taxes accordingly.

Setting a Goal for Family Support

It is time for conservatives to look beyond discrete proposals and to approach family policy as an orienting goal that can enable other political goals and as an investment in the nation’s long-term prosperity.

Insuring Health Care for Working Families

The American health care system is far from family-friendly. One feature stands out: employer-sponsored health insurance.

Making Room for Families to Live

Where do families want to live? Urbanists will point out that the high price of housing in walkable, city neighborhoods indicates that demand is especially high. Suburbanists will note that Read more…

Creating Flexible, Family-Friendly Schools

K-12 education is the single greatest family policy lever at our disposal.

Building Better Foster Homes

Regularly lost in the debate over family policy are those children separated from their families or without a permanent home—namely, the hundreds of thousands of American children in the nation’s child welfare system.

Fitting the Fisc to Social Security

Oren Cass and Wells King have added their proposal, a parenting supplement they call the Fisc, to a list of ideas designed to reduce the fiscal burden on parents relative Read more…

Magical Thinking on China and Trade

Unilaterally disarming from trade conflict on behalf of open markets, and then making empty demands, is not a plan.

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