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    Obama Disregards What Hispanics and All Americans Need to Achieve American Dream

    As expected, President Obama spoke about mobility and illegal immigration at his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Disappointingly, he ignored growing academic agreement on what it takes for Americans, including those of Hispanic origin, to have a shot at the American Dream. Basically, a child’s mobility—his or her … More

    Rubio: States, Not Washington, Should Lead Anti-Poverty Programs

    Florida senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) wants to see the states, not Washington, manage more of the programs directed at helping low-income Americans. “I am proposing that we turn Washington’s anti-poverty programs – and the trillions spent on them – over to the states,” the Florida Republican said in a … More

    New Study: Does Income Inequality Harm Opportunity?

    Income inequality is a hot topic for 2014. The liberal Center for American Progress recently launched a new center devoted to the subject, and President Obama has been making it a centerpiece of his speeches. But what causes income inequality; is it inherently bad; and what (if anything) should be … More

    What Obama Got Right and What He Got Wrong on Economic Mobility

    When it comes to economic mobility, the President often starts out by making some statements that Republicans and Democrats have always agreed on, such as: While we don’t promise equal outcomes, we have strived to deliver equal opportunity—the idea that success doesn’t depend on being born into wealth or privilege, … More

    Occupy Wall Street Occupies the White House

    The Occupy Wall Street Movement may be dead as a doornail, but its spirit is alive and well in the White House. Only a few minutes into his umpteenth major pivot to the economy, the President went after the target of the occupiers’ once seething animosity: the reviled 1 percent. … More

    How to Encourage Americans to Save Money Through Prize-Linked Savings

    A habit of saving money is one of the keys to moving up the economic ladder, alongside stable families and communities, and getting a good education. The problem is that about a third of Americans save nothing at all, especially those near the bottom of the economic ladder – meaning … More

    Federal Taxpayers Get Billed for $1 Million Bus Stop

    Is a luxurious bus stop worth $1 million? Commuters boarding buses at the newly constructed stop in Arlington County, Virginia, don’t seem to think so, as CNN reported. According to one rider, “This is cute, but cute ain’t warm. Cute ain’t dry.” While $1 million can buy the stainless steel … More

    Blame Income Inequality?

    Scott Winship’s recent piece in National Affairs, “Overstating the Costs of Inequality,” elevates the national debate over the role that income inequality plays in economic mobility and growth. Winship, an economist at the Brookings Institution, finds “simply very little evidence to suggest that…income disparities between the rich, middle class, and … More

    Morning Bell: Taking America from Welfare State to Opportunity Society

    “I must go to college!” insists eight-year-old Pierre William. Such planning may seem unusual in a second grader. But Pierre is lucky. He’s attending a private school in the District of Columbia using funds from the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. That’s opened his eyes to the possibilities that only a … More

    Morning Bell: What Ideas Are Conservatives FOR?

    Many looked at the results on Election Day and saw disaster. At The Heritage Foundation, however, we see opportunity. Americans are asking: “What do conservatives stand for?” This is the opportunity to tell them. There are important lessons to be learned from the recent election and the current trends in … More