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    One Change That Would Actually Help Reduce Child Poverty

    The Children’s Defense Fund recently declared war on child poverty—despite the fact that we’re already 50 years and $20 trillion into a War on Poverty that hasn’t achieved its goals. What can be done to help poor children break through the cycle of poverty that many of them are born … More

    Lee Introduces Plan to Reform Welfare

    Sen. Mike Lee (R–UT) introduced legislation last week to make welfare meet needs more constructively while exercising fiscal responsibility. His new bill—whose House companion will be introduced by Rep. Jim Jordan (R–OH)—does three important things: Gets welfare spending under control. Welfare spending has increased by 16-fold since the War on … More

    New Report: Majority of U.S. Teens Don’t Live in Intact Families

    The Index of Belonging and Rejection released this week from the Family Research Council (FRC) reveals a dismaying statistic about the state of American families: 55 percent of 15-to-17-year-olds in America do not live in intact families. Further, more than 40 percent of all children are born out of wedlock, … More

    Income Mobility Tied to Marriage

    Recent research from the Equality of Opportunity Project found that “the strongest predictors of upward mobility are measures of family structure such as the fraction of single parents in the area.” These findings add to the growing body of data on the link between marriage and success in life. Growing … More

    How to Fight Poverty -- and Win

    When President Johnson launched the War on Poverty on Jan. 8, 1964, he pledged “not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Sadly, the half-century legacy of Johnson’s Great Society has not lived up to that noble goal. The War … More

    You Won’t Believe This Surfer Living the Food Stamps Dream

    This is Jason Greenslate’s typical day: “Wake up, go down to the beach, hang out with my friends, hit on some chicks, start drinking.” He also plays in a rock band. And he’s living off food stamps. He has no income—he’s not interested in getting a job—and he’s eating on … More

    Want to Rebuild Opportunity, Mr. President? Start with Welfare Reform

    In the kick-off to his most recent speaking tour, President Obama said the United States must “rebuild ladders of opportunity for all those Americans who haven’t quite made it yet.” But his economic policies have actually made it harder for many Americans to escape poverty and a welfare system that … More

    The Truth About Breadwinner Moms

    In May, the Pew Forum published a new study on “Breadwinner Moms.” The subtitle made the message more explicit: “Mothers are the sole or primary provider in four-in-ten households with children; public conflicted about the growing trend.” The prevailing narrative in the mainstream media covering the study’s release was that … More

    Chart of the Week: Marriage Guards Children Against Poverty

    As a Senator, Barack Obama was right—there are serious disadvantages to being raised without a father. “We know the statistics—that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of schools, and 20 … More

    Family Fact: Fatherlessness in America

    Sixty percent of kids in Richmond, Virginia, are without a dad in the home, reports First Things First of Greater Richmond. First Things First works to help men become actively involved in their children’s lives in Richmond, Virginia, because, as the group explains, often “it’s the fathers that leave the … More