Religious freedom and business: A complicated relationship

Managing the costs of family elder care

Is there a link between childhood homelessness and single parenthood?

Marriage emerges as key to economic growth

Coolidge in 2016

If you care about the poor, care about marriage

How the decline in marriage is fueling inequality

“Murphy Brown” was wrong, new research suggests

The economic case for not giving up on marriage

Want to be happy for the rest of your life? Have a big, cheap wedding

It’s a child, not a toaster

I do? No thanks. The economics behind America’s marriage decline.

How the economy affects marriage rates

This chart proves it doesn’t have to cost $245,000 to raise a child

Marriage won’t end poverty. But it will help (a lot).

Religious liberty and economic freedom: intellectual and practical paradoxes

Do pro-homosexual policies promote economic growth? In a word — no.

Retreating from marriage is not the answer to our economic problems

Patrick J. Deneen: Corporatism and same-sex “marriage” are natural bedfellows

Strong Marriages and Economies | W. Bradford Wilcox at NYT

Confusing Cause and Effect for the Law School Bubble

Uncomfortable Truths about Family Breakdown

The Marriage Divide: We should address the cultural causes of income inequality. | Mona Charen

Wanting Marriage and Pursuit of Happiness | Natalie Angier at NYT

Broken Families Dragging Down Growth | Michael Barone at Human Events

    Michael Barone at Human Events: As Utah Senator Mike Lee noted in speeches at the Heritage Foundation, “the problem of poverty is linked to family breakdown and the erosion of marriage among low-income families and communities.” Lee is careful not to cast opprobrium on single or divorced parents. But he insists on pointing to the uncomfortable but undeniable fact that economic outcomes for their children have been far worse than those for children raised in two-parent families. That produces many personal tragedies. And in cold economic terms, it means that society is losing gross domestic product because of less than optimal development of human capital.


  • Posted: 11/26/2013
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.humanevents.com

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“Gay & Lesbian Consumers Had $830 Billion to Spend in 2013″

Parents make good school choices, study says

What America Can Learn From China: In Politics, Competence Matters

    Yahoo Finance: In America, meanwhile, 29 members of Congress will meet this week as the latest, greatest ‘super-committee’ picks up the can that was kicked down the road last month. If the committee isn’t able to come up with a budget deal by Dec. 13, the world’s largest economy could suffer another government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires Jan. 15, followed by another potential debt ceiling crisis a month later. In other words, China continues to plan years ahead while America is too consumed with partisan battles to successfully deal with issues of immediate importance, much less address long-term issues.


  • Posted: 11/12/2013
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: finance.yahoo.com

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Marriage: A Luxury Good Accessible to All

Sorry, Marriage is a Luxury Good

    The Atlantic: Marriage is for everyone; failed marriages are for the poor. Bleak stuff. But it’s getting bleaker . . . Here’s why this trend—not just the move towards divorce like Derek talked about, but the move from nuptials entirely—is so gloomy. Getting married, and staying married, is one of the surest ways of securing a middle class life. By choosing not to wed in the first place, the poor are abandoning that chance at stability.


  • Posted: 11/08/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theatlantic.com

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The Incredible Shrinking Workforce

Jindal: 41% of Louisiana Residents Would Be in an Expanded Medicaid Program

Gallup: Higher Marriage Rate Could Boost the Economy

Marriage and abortion are economic issues | Star Parker

A House Divided Cannot Stand: On Social and Economic Conservatism | Ryan T. Anderson at First Things

Why China Wants to Dump the Dollar

    Chriss W. Street at Breitbart: Having benefited for twenty years from their under-valued currency, importing manufacturing jobs, and exporting lower priced products, China’s comparative advantage is being destroyed by America’s oil and natural gas fracking boom. The Chinese communist authorities are terrified their loss of competitiveness will cause unemployment and the social consequences that flow from it. But with the terms of trade now substantially against China, convincing the world to dump the U.S. dollar as reserve currency and switch to the Chinese “renminbi” is their best hope to try to save tens of millions of manufacturing jobs.


  • Posted: 10/17/2013
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.breitbart.com

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In The Future, Law School Tuition Will Be Absolutely Terrifying

“Anchorage Chamber wants business to support the city’s gay and lesbian community”

Not All Marriages Are Created Equal

“Illinois Needs Money, Legalize Gay Marriage”

Law firm incubators help both grads and needy clients, Fred Rooney says

    ABA Journal: Rooney used the position to start filling a gaping hole in the law–access for all to legal services–and created a program to train lawyers serving poor and moderate-income clients to become not just good advocates but smart businesspeople too. “We started a network where we had full-time staff to provide to graduates developing small and solo firms the kinds of services they’d get if they were at a large firm,” he says. “It was the beginning of a movement in the United States to support graduates.”


  • Posted: 09/18/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.abajournal.com

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Millennials and Marriage | Rachel Lu at Public Discourse

    Rachel Lu at Public Discourse: Marriage has given structure and purpose to the lives of an incredibly diverse array of people, across millennia of human history. It can work for young Americans today. And the consolations of family life could help to compensate for the other disappointments and challenges that these over-optimistic youth are likely to encounter once they move beyond the classroom. Millennials want to hear this, and they need to know. If their elders want to atone for the mistakes of yesteryear, now is the time to start talking about marriage.


  • Posted: 09/18/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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As the middle class dwindles, so do marriage rates

Scalia: Traditional Christian virtues essential to capitalism

Tea Party Catholic: Connecting Religious Liberty and Economic Freedom | Acton Institute

Practice-Ready Law School Graduates: A Millennialist Fantasy

“The Elite Project of Gay Marriage” | R.R. Reno at First Things

Is marriage becoming a status symbol in America?

UPS to drop 15,000 spouses from insurance, cites Obamacare

The “New Normal” in the Legal Profession

Report: UK Family Living Standards Dropping

Economic Independence Is Transforming India’s Marriage Culture

Average cost to raise a kid: $241,080

Decline in marriage – it’s the economy

Unions Get Creative To Halt Decline In Membership

Hiring Supreme Court Clerks: The $500,000 Gamble

More U.S. companies buckle under LGBT pressure | World Magazine

Rasmussen: Men Are Still Chief Breadwinners in Most Relationships

“Young GOP Leaders See Need For Substantive Changes” | AP

What Helps Poor Kids Move Upwards? Religion and Marriage | Maggie Gallagher at NRO

ObamaCare fate is in hands of GOP, plan looms to defund it

Survey: Do Americans Believe Capitalism and Government are Working?

A Health Scare for Democrats | Kimberly A. Strassel at WSJ

Public schools can be fixed by ending compulsory attendance law

Chart of the Week: Marriage Guards Children Against Poverty | Heritage Foundation

“Demographic Change Amplifying Racial Inequities” | AP

Big Government Implodes | Daniel Heninger at Wall Street Journal

    Daniel Heninger at Wall Street Journal: Mark July 3, 2013, as the day Big Government finally imploded. July 3 was the quiet afternoon that a deputy assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy announced in a blog post that the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate would be delayed one year. Something about the “complexity of the requirements.” The Fourth’s fireworks couldn’t hold a candle to the sound of the U.S. government finally hitting the wall.


  • Posted: 07/11/2013
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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GOP wants new cost estimate for health law after mandate delay

Social Security Personal Accounts: Prosperity for All or Doubling of Taxrate

    NCPA Policy Digest: In 2010, Social Security began running a cash deficit that will continue until 2033, when the Social Security trust funds run out of money. To pay for all of the promised Social Security and Medicare benefits would require almost doubling the current total payroll tax of 15.3 percent to nearly 30 percent, says Peter Ferrara, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Heartland Institute.


  • Posted: 07/08/2013
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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Why The Reagan Democrats Departed | Patrick J. Buchanan at Human Events

The real threat to marriage | Religion News Service

    Tom Ehrich at Religion News Service: As I officiate at a family wedding in this charming coastal city, it seems to me the institution of marriage is alive and well — and in serious trouble. The trouble isn’t out-in-the-open homosexuality, birth control, abortion, assertive women, or any of the right-wing alarms. The trouble is poverty. The less affluent you are, the more likely you are to have a child without the benefit of a partner, at an age too young for effective parenting, and in chaotic living arrangements.


  • Posted: 06/25/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.religionnews.com

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What’s Behind The US Decline In Marriage? Pragmatism | Forbes

    Trevor Butterworth at Forbes: A good marriage is unrealistic given the economic stresses haunting blue collar America and especially low-income black communities: the loss of earning power and status among low and unskilled men, and large numbers in prison or engaged in drug dealing. The simple fact behind the decline of marriage in the US is economic pragmatism. “Marriage is becoming a class privilege,” said Kefalas. All the talk of recession and culture and cohabitation and education is a way of avoiding talking about the economic collapse of an entire class of American male.


  • Posted: 06/25/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.forbes.com

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Population In Crisis-hit Spain Down 114,000

Portugal’s birthrate plummeting, a sign of more economic trouble ahead