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    Income Inequality and Life Expectancy

    Recently The Washington Post published an article claiming that the “widening gap in life expectancy” among America’s seniors “reflects perhaps the starkest outcome of our nation’s growing income inequality.” Income inequality has become an absolute evil that can be blamed for anything terrible in this world. From slowing down the … More

    A Simple and Wrong Answer to Poverty: Increasing the Minimum Wage

    During last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama proposed fighting poverty by raising the minimum wage. It sounds appealing but it will not work. Labor economists have repeatedly studied the effects of minimum wage increases. They find no correlation between higher minimum wages and lower poverty. Raising the … More

    Debate 2012: Obama's Questionable Embrace of Free Enterprise

    In his closing argument last night, President Obama presented himself as a champion of free enterprise. “I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world’s ever known,” he said in response to a question about the biggest misperception that people have of him. “I … More

    What's Driving High Poverty Numbers?

    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual poverty numbers. It reports that 46.2 million Americans remain poor; the figure was unchanged from last year. The percentage of Americans who were poor remained at a near-record 15 percent. What we are sure to hear now is a cry from big-government … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Closing the Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor

    While economic disparities between rich and poor are vehemently decried in stump speeches and the main stream media, value differences are often considered as a third-rail issue to be avoided in public discussion. In typical fashion, Charles Murray broaches this subject head-on in his newly released book Coming Apart, which … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Americans Realize the Importance of Marriage

    The benefits of marriage are numerous: from increasing financial health to promoting child well-being, tying the knot can have a profound impact on individuals’ futures. According to a new survey, Americans overwhelmingly recognize the value of marriage to advancing society. (Article continued below chart) A new Rasmussen poll released this … More