• Heritage Action
  • More
  • Commentary posted July 24, 2015 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Christine Kim Tracking opportunity for all

    "Opportunity for all" is a goal Americans from across the political spectrum can embrace. But it won't be more than an aspiration unless we know whether we're making progress toward that goal. To do that, as the management adage says, we need to measure what matters. That means taking stock of the social and economic factors shaping opportunity in America today. That's…

  • White Paper posted July 23, 2015 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Christine Kim Index of Culture and Opportunity 2015

    The 2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity takes stock of the cultural ecosystem that is needed to sustain freedom and opportunity. Through charts that track social and economic changes, and expert commentary that explains the trends, the Index reports on important indicators in American society and analyzes what they mean for our future. What We Track The Index tracks…

  • Commentary posted February 10, 2015 by Jennifer A. Marshall Freeing America’s education system from the 19th century

    Think of all the ways you’ve learned about a new subject or acquired a new skill in the past month. You’ve probably read an article or book. Maybe you’ve listened to a lecture or podcast by an expert on something you’re curious about. Perhaps you signed up for a do-it-yourself tutorial at Home Depot or received individualized coaching. No doubt you’ve gone online to read…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2014 by Jennifer A. Marshall What It Takes to Have a Culture of Opportunity

    Opening the doors of opportunity to every American is an all-hands-on-deck effort. It requires policy reforms and community leadership. It means focusing on a range of issues from unwed childbearing to educational opportunity to economic indicators. The Index of Culture and Opportunity, a new annual publication by the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at…

  • White Paper posted July 23, 2014 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Rea S. Hederman, Jr. Index of Culture and Opportunity 2014

    The 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity tells how social and economic factors relate to the success of individuals, families, opportunity, and freedom. Through charts that track changes, and commentary that explains the trends, the Index shows the current state of some key features of American society and tells whether specific indicators are improving or getting off…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2014 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Sarah Torre RFRA Worked the Way It Was Supposed To in Hobby Lobby

    Today an important religious- liberty law did what it was supposed to do. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) provided the Supreme Court with a mechanism for weighing competing claims in our pluralistic society. The Court determined that we can, in fact, balance seemingly conflicting interests without throwing out religious…

  • Commentary posted February 27, 2014 by Jennifer A. Marshall When Tolerance Turns to Coerced Celebration

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last night vetoed what should have been a straightforward religious freedom bill. Minor clarifications to existing law got lost in an avalanche of gross mischaracterization as national pundits predicted the bill would usher in a "homosexual Jim Crow" regime with rampant denial of services by business owners to gays and lesbians. The development is…

  • Commentary posted January 8, 2014 by Jennifer A. Marshall Incentives Matter in Fighting Poverty

    Fifty years in, the War on Poverty has fortified the welfare state–industrial complex while weakening society’s little platoons and disarming the vulnerable. Far from giving the poor “a fair chance to develop their own capacities,” as President Johnson sought, public assistance too often has created long-term dependence while undermining work and eroding marriage — the…

  • Special Report posted October 7, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, Brittany Corona, Jennifer A. Marshall, Rachel Sheffield, Sandra Stotsky Common Core National Standards and Tests: Empty Promises and Increased Federal Overreach Into Education

    Americans who cherish limited government must be constantly vigilant of pushes to centralize various aspects of our lives. Government intervention is a zero-sum game; every act of centralization comes at the expense of liberty and the civil society institutions upon which this country was founded. Education is no exception. Growing federal intervention in education over…

  • Commentary posted September 9, 2013 by Jennifer A. Marshall Responding to Call of ‘Duck Dynasty’

    “For the life of me, I can’t figure out why people are so attracted to our family,” writes Phil Robertson. And that was before “Duck Dynasty,” the Robertson family’s reality show, smashed records for a nonfiction cable program when 11.8 million viewers checked out the season premiere in mid-August. Phil, as nearly everyone calls him, is the bearded, 67-year-old progenitor…

  • Commentary posted August 1, 2013 by Jennifer A. Marshall Slicing ‘Breadwinner Moms’ Headlines

    “Breadwinner Moms” was a brilliant stroke of pop-culture framing for the recent Pew Research Center study that depicted Mom as main provider in 40 percent of American households with children. The research group’s headline device capitalized on the “You go, girl!” sentiment that is so prevalent in popular culture, and it made news in a way that the major findings of the…

  • Commentary posted June 17, 2013 by Jennifer A. Marshall It Takes a Dad as Well as a Mom

    Orlando Shaw earned his 15 minutes of fame with a dubious distinction: fathering 22 children with 14 women. The Nashville man’s story made news when the mothers of his children sued for child support. But this deadbeat dad’s delinquent payments aren’t the only thing scandalizing observers. Shaw’s apparent nonchalance about the 22 lives he brought into the world is…

  • Commentary posted April 22, 2013 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Sarah Torre A Troubling but Eye-Opening Murder Trial

    Melissa Ohden went through an abortion and lived to tell about it. That might not sound noteworthy in an era when more than 3,000 women a day have an abortion. But Melissa was the baby, not the mother. In 1977, at approximately seven months gestation, Melissa was the target of a saline infusion abortion. She wasn’t supposed to survive. She did. Now a married mother…

  • Commentary posted March 28, 2013 by Jennifer A. Marshall What I Saw at the March for Marriage: Diversity

    On Tuesday, as lawyers argued Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court, thousands made their way past the Court building as part of the March for Marriage, organized by the National Organization for Marriage. They came from Chicago and New York City, New Hampshire and North Carolina, and beyond. Some were black pastors who had marched for their civil rights a half century…

  • Special Report posted January 28, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, Virginia Walden Ford, Dan Lips, Jennifer A. Marshall, Jason Richwine, Ph.D., Rachel Sheffield, Evan Walter Choosing to Succeed

    Edited by Lindsey M. Burke In his enduring 1964 convention speech “A Time for Choosing,” Ronald Reagan remarked that “outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.” If we believe as Reagan did that markets are superior to monopolies in every aspect of our lives, why then do we consign…