After decades of intensive effort and investment to create an equitable education system, not least for girls and women, the nation finds itself with a peculiar predicament: It is boys who are falling behind furthest and fastest.
The question of who would pursue non-college pathways, if they were offered, is one that has bedeviled education reform debates for decades.
On this episode of Policy in Brief, Oren Cass is joined by Chris Griswold to discuss a proposal to create an online age-verification system to keep kids safe online.
American Compass research director Wells King joins a statement in support of building a truly pro-family policy agenda.
This paper focuses on two related areas where public policy places homemakers at a significant disadvantage: access to social insurance systems and employer benefits.
On family policy, conservatives should avoid two extremes: rebutting any use of government, and assuming that trillions can be spent without negative repercussions.
In this week’s Compass Point, Pursuing the Reunification of Home and Work, Erika Bachiochi throws a fascinating curveball into the modern debate over home economics. That debate, to oversimplify, pits the mid-20th-century model of breadwinner-plus-homemaker against the late-20th-century model of the dual-income household.
The conflict between responsibilities at home and at work is largely the result of economic transitions to which we still—nearly a century after industrialization and 50 years into the modern feminist movement—have not adequately responded.
American Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses the promising shift on the right-of-center toward supporting generous pro-family benefits like Senator Romney’s Family Security Act 2.0.
American Compass research director Wells King joins Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson to discuss pro-family policymaking.
American Compass’s Wells King and Brad Wilcox of the Institute for Family Studies and AEI make the case for a conservative embrace of an expanded Child Tax Credit in a post Roe v. Wade world.
In a discussion of the potential for a permanent expanded Child Tax Credit, Rachel Cohen highlights American Compass research and Wells King’s analysis of the political environment.
The Niskanen Center’s Samuel Hammond discusses the potential for a bipartisan bill to support families with children, highlighting American Compass’s Fisc proposal.
A robust discussion of how well American institutions are fostering the flourishing of American families, hosted by American Compass and Capita.
In this week’s Compass Point, The Snowflakes Aren’t Melting, Michael Brendan Dougherty offers a sharp, revisionist account of “safetyism.” The term commonly refers to the phenomenon of young people coddled through their childhoods and thus unable to cope with the conflicts and travails of adulthood.
Buried within the Democrats’ multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation package is a provision to extend the recently expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) to undocumented immigrants. This would be a grave mistake, and I say that as both a supporter of the CTC expansion and as a proponent of more liberal immigration.
American Compass’s Oren Cass and Wells King discuss the pitfalls of “evidence-based policymaking” and the importance of prioritizing work and long-term effects in designing the Child Tax Credit.
The Ethics and Public Public Policy Center’s Patrick T. Brown highlights the American Compass Child Tax Credit Survey in a discussion of what working-class parents want from family policy.
Americans want creative policymaking that better supports families, but always with the expectation that families receiving public support are also working to support themselves.
PRESS RELEASE—New American Compass/YouGov survey finds Americans reject unconditional cash benefits outside context of pandemic relief.
A significant opportunity exists for bipartisan cooperation on a permanent, expanded Child Tax Credit that maintains a connection to work.
Parents who live their lives according to religious principles should be able to find a school in which they are welcomed, not attacked or undermined.
American Compass research director Wells King joins an American Academy of Political and Social Science panel to discuss the Child Tax Credit and how best to support working families.
I love being a mother more than anything—I just wish there were better options to make it more achievable for working women who dream of having their own babies someday.
Before the arrival of COVID-19, the U.S. was seeing growing numbers of people, especially men, dropping out of the workforce. Given the far-reaching effects of the pandemic, this will likely continue, even when labor demand is back to normal. The strong pull of streaming, video games, and social media will only make that trend worse. In this environment, one possible downside of cash payments is an additional incentive not to work.
We need politicians to put families first and focus on taking care of us when hardship strikes, rather than taking care of those who are already doing just fine. Government should be about strengthening families to support each other.
Wages are to workers’ output what user fees are to highways and toll bridges.
Lots of people have been talking about “family policy.” Let’s not forget that family policy starts with mothers.
6 a.m. is much too early for this tired mama. But nonetheless, I hear that little pitter-patter of onesie-covered feet coming down the hall into our room. With a soft “Mom, can I have a banana?” my day begins, whether I’m ready for it or not.
Rather than setting a neutral policy framework to allow households to fulfill their own preferences, governments increasingly tilt the deck toward a very particular vision preferred by high-income professionals.
In an op-ed criticizing President Biden’s day care plan, J.D. Vance and Jenet Erickson highlight the findings of American Compass’s Home Building Survey.
There’s something weird, and maybe even wrong, about a policy that seeks to support families, but leaves out families who have the least support and are the most disconnected from the helpful institutions of work and marriage.
In a column on how best to approach family benefits, David Brooks cites the findings of the American Compass Home Building Survey.
Bonnie Kristian features the American Compass Home Building Survey in a discussion of why President Biden’s free day care plan isn’t what American families actually want.
Striving for “self-sufficiency” through a typical single-family house can mean ignoring the blessings that life in a community can bring and can lead to feeling alone or isolated.
The key parameters for understanding competing family-benefit proposals.
Gerald F. Seib highlights American Compass’s Family Income Supplemental Credit plan as an example of recent “new-wave conservative proposals designed to help working-class families.”
Now is the time to say that in defense of innocent life there is no stutter in “from conception to natural death.”
There is no price tag that could be placed on those cherished times. Do our nation’s think tanks consider those moments when devising policy?
Family Financial Security: Sen. Romney on the Right’s Fight to Support Our Most Important Institution
Senator Mitt Romney joins us for a conversation about what draws him to family benefits, why he thinks conservatives should embrace the Family Security Act’s approach, how he sees this debate fitting into the broader one about the right-of-center’s future.
Family Financial Security: Senator Mitt Romney on the Right’s Fight to Support Our Most Important Institution
A conversation with Senator Mitt Romney about the future of family benefits in the U.S. and what it means for the right-of-center’s future.
Abby McCloskey highlights American Compass’s Fisc proposal in her column on child allowances.
In a discussion of the debate over child benefits, Karl W. Smith discusses American Compass’s Fisc proposal as an idea that “deserves to be taken seriously.”
Executive director Oren Cass looks back on the history of welfare reform and explains why fighting poverty requires more than just sending money to the poor.
Michael Lind’s Home Building essay on family policy for the working class majority is adapted by the Daily Caller.
The new American Compass “Home Building” blueprint on policies for buttressing the American family was thrilling to read, and it reminded me of the earnestness and passion of me and my friends 35 years ago.
Executive director Oren Cass and Matt Bruenig of the People’s Policy Project join the Solidarity Policy Podcast to debate child benefits, the Romney plan, and more.
American society suffers from de-composition and de-consolidation. This isolation makes us less resilient and more vulnerable. And it also makes us less stable and more susceptible to ideological infections.
Executive director Oren Cass on how left-wing critics of our family-benefit proposal are sorely misguided.
Executive director Oren Cass joins Saagar Enjeti and Krystal Ball to discuss the 2021 Home Building survey on what kind of support American families want from the government.
W. Bradford Wilcox cites the findings of American Compass’s 2021 Home Building Survey in a piece about why families prefer cash payments to subsidized child care programs.
The American family may have entered a period of crisis, but a rich conservative literature—from political philosophy to sociology to journalism—can help us to better understand the root causes and guide policy reforms to the family’s renewal.
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.
American Compass executive director Oren Cass argues that a policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Lump-sum payments will decrease the incentive for fraud while eliminating the inequity regarding length of pregnancy.
A pro-worker agenda must treat families, not individuals, as the basic units of public policy.
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.
If families are people, and corporations are people, it stands to reason that families should be allowed to incorporate and file their taxes accordingly.
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.
The American health care system is far from family-friendly. One feature stands out: employer-sponsored health insurance.
K-12 education is the single greatest family policy lever at our disposal.
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.
Addressing our fertility and family-formation crises will require us to push the boundaries of family policy and embrace a whole-of-society approach.
Writers and analysts from across the right-of-center apply a family-focused lens to contemporary policy challenges.
Commentators and policy analysts react to our proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit.
American enthusiasm for a per-child family benefit has grown, but details matter and proposals differ widely—as do the programs already established in other nations.
Conservatives have a persistent problem: they often don’t know what it is they want to conserve. This bears on the burgeoning discussion of family policy.
How does the Fisc stack up? Better than a universal child allowance, though I still have concerns.
The experience of “family-friendly” policy abroad makes one lesson clear: no policy is friendly for all families.
PRESS RELEASE—A new proposal from American Compass provides a conservative case for a benefit to working families that functions as a form of reciprocal social insurance, addressing major flaws of a universal child allowance.
American attitudes about family structure vary widely, but most families see a full-time earner and a stay-at-home parent as the ideal arrangement for raising young children.
This paper presents the case for a per-child family benefit that would operate as a form of reciprocal social insurance paid only to working families.
Canadian Conservatives successfully championed universal child benefits and have lessons for their neighbors to the south.
Helen Andrews’s Home Building essay on why conservatives should defend the family is adapted by the Daily Caller.
Addressing America’s fertility crisis happens to be what parents want.
Effective family policy begins from the institution’s ultimate roles and purposes.
The Niskanen Center’s Samuel Hammond and the American Enterprise Institute’s Scott Winship debate the case for a “child allowance.”
Public Policy for the American Family
Across all classes and regardless of parental status, 60 to 75% of Americans say that the government should do more to support families.
Marriage has evolved to meet the ideals of the well-educated and left too many Americans unwed and insecure.
If conservatives do not speak for the family, who will?
Preserving our national inheritance requires public policy to get the family right.
PRESS RELEASE—American Compass’s February 2021 collection, Home Building, provides a conservative vision for family policy
In a recent conversation hosted by American Compass, “What Next: A Multi-Ethnic, Working-Class Conservatism,” Ohio Congressman Anthony Gonzalez discussed the skills gap. “[T]he number one issue that I hear from employers is, I have jobs, I could hire 10 people tomorrow, but either the folks don’t want to do the work that we have, or I just can’t find the right people.”
The pandemic has placed an enormous burden on the lives of parents and children in particular.
International evidence shows Paid Family Leave programs can boost fertility rates.
American Compass’s Oren Cass joins a distinguished panel to discuss the need for robust family policy from the political right.
I want to offer an addendum to Aaron Sibarium’s recent post “Three Theses About Cuties.” The idea of “sexual liberalism”—that a market-like logic has come to govern sex—is vastly underexplored in conservative circles. It would be valuable to view the concept in light of the insight that the logic governing markets has undergone major changes over the last several generations, as today’s “economic nationalists” are well aware.
In a recent Commons post, Wells King argues against the Trump administration’s recent gutting of the Obama-era rule U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, more widely known as AFFH. He characterizes the action of largely scrapping the rule, as opposed to merely revising it, as a case of the administration bowing to “upper class NIMBYism.” I respectfully disagree.
It is all going to get worse. No matter what happens in November, the weirdness and hysteria that have made 2020 feel so extremely like itself will only escalate into 2021
In less than 24 hours I will be wheeling my bag through the large revolving doors of the hospital, through the Covid screening point, and up the elevator to the ninth floor to deliver my fifth child due to a medically-necessary induction.
American Compass’s Oren Cass, Senator Cory Booker, and other experts discuss the feasibility of government baby bonds.
Debates over family policy are centering on the idea that households should be “paid” for raising children.
Material standard of living of course matters to families, but so does the ability to take time off when a family member is sick or when a new baby arrives, to be able to afford rent or homeownership, and to have some semblance of a consistent schedule that allows for time together.