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Pro-Life, Pro-Family Share This

Micah Meadowcroft | Mar 24, 2021 | Family

Before I suggest, humbly and carefully, that there is a silence from many of them that should be addressed, I would be remiss not to acknowledge the efforts of nearly 50 years by pro-life activists to protect unborn life in America. By every measure but their own—for Roe v. Wade is still not overturned and […]

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The Relationships That Don’t Fit on a Spreadsheet Share This

Mary Thompson | Mar 24, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

A few nights ago, several of my six (mostly-grown) children were around the dinner table, reminiscing about the days when their maternal grandparents would care for them. Their fondest memories were the little moments you’d think would have gone unnoticed – “Nana knew exactly how much milk to pour in my bowl of Cheerios,” said […]

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On Family Policy, Proceed with Great Caution Share This

Robin Taylor | Mar 09, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

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. I sense a reawakening of that same youthful excitement and energy for supporting families from writers like Lyman Stone, Patrick […]

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Cultural Policy for 2021 Share This

R. R. Reno | Mar 08, 2021 | Culture

American society suffers from de-composition and de-consolidation. We are increasingly atomized. People have an attenuated sense of belonging. They are less integrated into family and community. This isolation makes us less resilient and more vulnerable. And it also makes us less stable and more susceptible to ideological infections. American Compass is developing a menu of […]

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Government Spending Is Already Too Burdensome Share This

Veronique de Rugy | Mar 02, 2021 | Family

[Note: This comment was co-authored by Dan Mitchell of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. It is from a series of responses to the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit.] At the risk of being caricatured as drown-government-in-the-bathtub libertarians, we think the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit (Fisc) from Oren Cass and Wells King […]

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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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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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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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