Eliminating the impoverished does not eliminate poverty

Tim Scott: Why marriage matters for fighting poverty

It’s (not just) the economy, stupid: Why is the working-class family really coming apart?

    Family Studies: That this is a problem is no longer debatable. The retreat from marriage in working-class and poor communities across the United States hinders educational and economic opportunity, helps drive the crime rate higher in these communities, and exacts a serious social and emotional toll on children. It also—as Robert Lerman and I argue in a new report, “For Richer, For Poorer”—seems to account for almost one-third of the growth in family income inequality since the late 1970s.


  • Posted: 12/15/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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It’s not just the economy devastating working-class families

Poverty, the rule of law, and human flourishing

Marriage emerges as key to economic growth

How the economy affects marriage rates

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

Retreating from marriage is not the answer to our economic problems

Would same-sex “marriage” legalization boost the economy?

Confusing Cause and Effect for the Law School Bubble

It’s a Man’s World, and It Always Will Be | Camille Paglia at Time

More Signs That Us Births May Have Stopped Falling

Census Bureau Accused Of Falsifying Unemployment Numbers

Businesses cut full-time workers to meet Obamacare mandate, study says (+video)

Gallup: Higher Marriage Rate Could Boost the Economy

Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov’t Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers

Study: 15 Percent Of Us Youth Out Of School, Work

    AP: Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday. That’s almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report.


  • Posted: 10/21/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: bigstory.ap.org

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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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Wall Street wonders if Obama wants a selloff | CNBC

Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four

Washington Sees Incomes Soar as Most of U.S. Declines

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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Associate Salaries Essentially Flat Since 2007

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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Obama to ask business leaders to push Congress to raise debt limit

How Did Law Firms Fare In The First Half of 2013?

The “New Normal” in the Legal Profession

G.O.P. Governors Warn Party Members in Congress Not to Shut Government

Pew Study: More Millenials Are Living With Parents

Four of five adults in U.S. struggle with joblessness, near-poverty, or welfare reliance

The Last Days of Biglaw

Survey: Do Americans Believe Capitalism and Government are Working?

Dreams delayed or denied, young adults put off parenthood

Cost of Public Projects Is Rising — Pain Will Be Felt for Years

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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Large Firms in a Hiring Mood Again

NALP: Law Grads’ Jobs Rate Falls for Fifth Straight Year

41% percent of businesses freeze hiring due to Obamacare, 19% reduce jobs

NSA Surveillance Threatens US Competitiveness

Do Dept. of Labor rules prevent law students from working for free?

LLM: Lawyers Losing Money

The Rule of Lawyers | Richard A. Epstein at WSJ

    Richard A. Epstein at WSJ: Law schools are under siege. Applications have dropped to around 54,000 annually, from around 100,000 in 2004. First-year enrollment has slipped to under 40,000 students, from 50,000 in 2010. Jobs are scarce—especially for students coming from lower-tier law schools. The average annual tuition has risen to just over $40,000 per year, from about $23,000 in 2001. Average debt on graduation has followed suit, jumping to about $125,000 in 2011, from $70,000 in 2001. No wonder many experts expect perhaps a dozen schools to close their doors within a year while other schools slash their class size, faculty and staff to stay open.


  • Posted: 05/06/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Obamacare’s Tax Hike Train Wreck

Gov’t Spending $152,500 for Voice Therapy for Transgenders

An economy that’s tearing our society apart

    Robert J. Samuelson at Washington Post: It’s hard to overstate the breakdown of marriage and the rise of single-parent families. Consider out-of-wedlock births. In 1980, about 18 percent of births were to unmarried women; by 2009, the proportion was 41 percent. Among whites, the increase was from 11 percent to 36 percent; among African Americans, from 56 percent to 72 percent; among Hispanics, from 37 percent (1990) to 53 percent. Or look at the share of children living with two parents. Since 1970, that’s dropped from 82 percent to 63 percent. Among whites, the decline is from 87 percent to 73 percent; among African Americans, from 57 percent to 31 percent; among Hispanics, from 78 percent to 57 percent. Just what caused these changes remains controversial.


  • Posted: 04/19/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Women’s Employment and the Decline in Marriage Are No Longer Related | Philip Cohen at The Atlantic

The Family Economy in Crisis: The Time for Reform Is Now

    Kevin Swanson at Vision Forum Ministries: What do you do with a society where the young 30-year-old men are playing computer games, and the 65-year-old men are playing golf? What happens to a society where there are far more retirees than Generation Y’s in the work force, especially if the social security system is nearing bankruptcy? This is where we are today, and the economic situation is dire. Unless we change the way we educate, the way we do our economics, and the way we integrate our families, I tremble to think of what will happen in the upcoming decades. Now is the time to redefine a biblical economy based upon the re-integration of the family.


  • Posted: 04/16/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.visionforumministries.org

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U.S. poverty levels spike to highest since 1960s

Top Law School Cuts Admissions

Two law schools offer a money-back guarantee — with strings attached

Rasmussen: 59% Say It’s No Longer Possible To Work Hard and Get Rich in U.S.

Incomes Drop Most in Twenty Years

Disaster Coming: The Dark Clouds of Demography

    National Review: We’re in a serious enough demographic bind that we’re all going to have to work together to figure out a way to make this thing work. The thing is, when your fertility rate is sub-replacement, you enter a zero-sum game where either older folks aren’t going to get the benefits they were promised or young workers are going to face much steeper tax rates. How the politics of this issue resolves over the next 20 years will be one of the most interesting stories around. Will older Americans relinquish some of their claims? Will younger workers volunteer to pay more? Will there be some grand bargain? The truth is, no one knows how it will end. We just know that something has to give.


  • Posted: 02/22/2013
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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The Job Market: Is College Overrated?

It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk

Crop of New Law Schools Opens Amid a Lawyer Glut

Gas prices likely to top $4 per gallon again

IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

Law Schools’ Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut

Unemployment Risks Creating New Divide In Europe

Social Security: It’s Worse Than You Think

The Stealth Tax Hike: Why the new $450,000 income threshold is a political fiction.

American Dream Fades for Generation Y Professionals

Fiscal cliff: John Boehner forced to abandon ‘Plan B’ after Republican rebellion

Census: US Population Growth Rising Again

Lawyer Hasn’t Given Up On Suing The ‘Cash Cow’ Law School Industry

Senate GOP Leader Calls On Dems To Spell Out Cuts

73% of New Jobs Created in Last 5 Months Are in Government

Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama’s deficit-reduction plan

Businesses Cutting Hours, Bracing for Costs of Obamacare