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    Upward Mobility, Equality of Opportunity, and the Family

    Discussions about poverty and upward mobility tend to overlook a growing amount of research arguing that socioeconomic differences in America are often rooted in family structure. They note that, as the stability of the family has steadily deteriorated, parents’ financial situation and their children’s future prospects have eroded. Sadly, as … More

    A Double Decline of Marriage and Religiosity: Why Does It Matter?

    Analysts at a recent forum on the downward trends in marriage and religion in the United States agree that the two are not isolated phenomena but, in fact, influence and exacerbate one another. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, has shown that family dissolution is linked to a … More

    Obamacare's Secret Is Out

    Timing is everything. And just as Congress’s focus seems to be drifting from Obamacare’s ravages on the economy, Americans are learning the reason this law’s implementation was postponed until after the presidential election. That reason is becoming clear as person after person opens the mail. Insurance costs are going up. … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Dimming Aspirations in the Rise of Cohabitation

    Since 1960, the number of cohabiting couples in our nation has skyrocketed from 450,000 to more than 7.5 million. As a motivation to move into cohabitation, couples have cited spending more time together, the ability to combine their financial resources, and the opportunity to “test drive” their relationship, possibly avoiding … More

    Are 14 Percent of Americans Chronically Hungry?

    Earlier this week, a New York Times editorial claimed that 14.5 percent of U.S. households are experiencing “pangs of chronic hunger.” This figure is based on a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It’s misleading, though. The 14.5 percent figure used by the Times refers to “food … More

    Dr. Ben Carson Joins Cruz, DeMint, Paul at Values Voter Summit 2013

    As the days count down to Values Voter Summit 2013, leaders from across America continue to join the gathering—most recently, renowned physician (and outspoken critic of Obamacare) Dr. Ben Carson and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI). Having retired earlier this year from his longtime position as director of … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Universal Child Care Does Not Bode Well for America's Children

    Rumblings are once again underway indicating movement on President Obama’s State of the Union proposal to “work with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America,” and to drive forward his agenda to create a “cradle to career” government education system. Increased spending of Americans’ tax … More

    Obama Grants Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants Without Congress

    Congress hasn’t passed immigration legislation, but that hasn’t stopped President Obama from issuing directives that grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. Last week, the Obama Administration issued the latest in a line of policy directives granting amnesty by default. This latest directive instructs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials not to … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Churchgoers Smoke Less

    After all manner of campaigns against smoking, it turns out that civil society has some sway in the matter. A recent Gallup poll found that regular church attendees are three times less likely to pick up a cigarette. While the group that has the highest concentration of smokers—young, single men—is … More