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American Institutions and the American Family: A Conversation with Yuval Levin

The sheer magnitude of the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill masks its many components, but one of the most significant parts is an expanded child allowance. For the next year, American families will receive $300 monthly for every child younger than 6 years of age and $250 for every child age 17 or under, phasing out for couples earning more than $150,000.

Second, I think payments should be concentrated toward the truly needy families and not diluted up the income ladder. It’s not clear to me why a high-earning couple would receive the same payment as someone at the poverty line, given we are in an environment of really having to worry about how each additional federal dollar is spent. I’d move the maximum income cap down.

And I’m sympathetic to the argument from Oren Cass at American Compass that there’s some sort of benefit floor. That at least one person in the household needs to be working and earning the amount the family is claiming in benefits — a good faith effort to participate in the social contract. But I don’t think this makes or breaks the program.

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Family Feud: Child Allowance Edition

The Niskanen Center’s Samuel Hammond and the American Enterprise Institute’s Scott Winship debate the case for a “child allowance.”

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.

American Institutions and the American Family: A Conversation with Yuval Levin

A robust discussion of how well American institutions are fostering the flourishing of American families, hosted by American Compass and Capita.