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Let Them Eat Daycare Share This

Wells King | Mar 01, 2021 | Family

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 most useful to households with all adults in the workforce, like subsidized childcare or paid leave, often receive far more attention from policymakers and pundits […]

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

Rob Atkinson | Mar 01, 2021 | Democrats

To make sense of the unprecedented presidential election we’ve just been through, pundits have analogized it to past elections: 1896, because of conflict between agrarian (Bryan) and urban (McKinley) interests; 1908, because of the historic rate of turnout; 1920, with Warren Harding promising a return to normalcy; 1968, because of the violent demonstrations; and many […]

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Don’t Federalize Family Policy Share This

Andy Smarick | Mar 01, 2021 | Family

[Note: This comment is from a series of responses to the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit.] Although this is a response to the interesting and compelling Family Income Supplemental Credit (Fisc) proposal by Oren Cass and Wells King, it is meant, more broadly, to engage with those on the political right who argue for more forcefully […]

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Single Mothers’ Attitudes About Work and Motherhood Share This

Amber Lapp | Feb 28, 2021 | Family

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 the reason I wake up every day.”  Other poor and working class women I’ve interviewed hold a similarly high view of motherhood connecting it closely […]

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When Farmers Are Not Farmers And Shepherds Are Not Shepherds Share This

Micah Meadowcroft | Feb 28, 2021 | Culture

Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And there have been ranchers, and there have been farmers, ever since. And whatever you think of pastoralism, or of the consequences of the agricultural revolution, there have been both good keepers of herds and good tillers of the earth, […]

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Toward a Family Wage (Subsidy) Share This

Erika Bachiochi | Feb 26, 2021 | Family

[Note: This comment is from a series of responses to the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit.] I could not be happier with the substantive debate over family policy that is now taking shape among conservatives, inspired by Sen. Romney’s proposed “Family Security Act.” It carries me back to the bi-partisan Communitarian movement of the 1990s, whose […]

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Is A Child Allowance Pro-Work for Poor Parents? Share This

Amber Lapp | Feb 25, 2021 | Family

To the current conversation about the merits and demerits of a child allowance, I would like to add another layer of perspective, drawn from the thoughts and experiences of women who are poor and working class. What keeps them from work? What helps them maintain it? I spent a recent weekend talking with five different […]

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The Social Meaning of Family Benefits Share This

Joshua McCabe | Feb 25, 2021 | Family

[Note: This comment is from a series of responses to the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit.] In their thought-provoking essay on policies to better support American families, Oren Cass and Wells King note that child allowances have been justified on a number of grounds – anti-poverty, pro-natal, parenting wage – all of which they find unconvincing. […]

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For Pregnant Mothers, Make Payments Lump-Sum Share This

Daniel E. Burns | Feb 25, 2021 | Family

[Note: This comment is from a series of responses to the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit.] Oren Cass’s and Wells King’s “Fisc” proposal is an outstanding model of the type of innovative policy thinking that the conservative movement needs more of. Contrary to some moralistic takes from both Left and Right, crafting good policy to support […]

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Making Young Men Marriageable Share This

W. Bradford Wilcox | Feb 24, 2021 | Family

[Note: This post is from the policy forum 7 Proposals to Make America More Family-Friendly.] When it comes to the relations between the sexes in America, a lot has changed since the 1960s. But at least one thing has not: the vast majority of women still prefer to marry a man who is a decent […]

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Taxing Families Like Companies Share This

Jon Schweppe | Feb 24, 2021 | Family

[Note: This post is from the policy forum 7 Proposals to Make America More Family-Friendly.] If families are people, and corporations are people, it stands to reason that families should be allowed to incorporate and file their taxes accordingly. The benefits to incorporating are fairly obvious: corporations are taxed on their net income, and they […]

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Setting a Goal for Family Support Share This

Gladden Pappin | Feb 24, 2021 | Family

[Note: This post is from the policy forum 7 Proposals to Make America More Family-Friendly.] The current debate on child benefits, galvanized by Senator Mitt Romney’s Family Security Act, has given conservatives the opportunity to change their approach to pro-family policy—away from old-style reformist tax credits and toward direct payments, away from remedial welfarist approaches […]

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