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  • Backgrounder posted November 18, 2016 by Olivia Enos, Sarah Torre, William T. Wilson, Ph.D. An Economic and Humanitarian Case for Pressing China to Rescind the Two-Child Policy

    Nearly 35 years in the making, China’s one-child policy was the world’s largest social and demographic experiment. At its inception, Chinese policymakers claimed that after 30 years of implementation, the one-child policy would be reconsidered—possibly even rescinded.[1] Facing a demographic collapse, China has reconsidered the one-child policy and replaced it with a…

  • Backgrounder posted November 16, 2016 by Robert Rector Reforming the Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit to End Waste, Fraud, and Abuse and Strengthen Marriage

    The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the nation’s second largest means-tested cash welfare program. Its major function is to provide “refundable” tax credits to low-income individuals. The Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) is a second refundable tax credit, available only to families with children. Most families with children that receive the EITC also receive the…

  • Issue Brief posted November 3, 2016 by Daren Bakst, Rachel Sheffield Getting the Facts Straight on School Meals and Child Nutrition Reauthorization

    The House and the Senate might soon consider child nutrition bills[1] that would reauthorize the infamous Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.[2] Both bills would maintain a new provision that gives free meals to students regardless of family income (i.e., universal school meals), leave intact (with some minor tweaks) the prescriptive federal school meal standards, and…

  • Issue Brief posted October 28, 2016 by Rachel Sheffield Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act Can Restart Welfare Reform

    In May 2016, Senator Mike Lee (R–UT) and Representative Jim Jordan (R–OH) introduced the Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act.[1] This legislation takes a number of significant steps towards reforming the nation’s massive and broken welfare system, which is fraught with out-of-control spending, fraud, anti-work policies, and marriage penalties. The Welfare Reform and…

  • Issue Brief posted August 21, 2016 by Robert Rector, Jamie Bryan Hall Did Welfare Reform Increase Extreme Poverty in the United States?

    Two decades ago, on August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, popularly known as welfare reform, into law. At the time, liberals proclaimed that the bill would slash the incomes of one in five families with children and push 2.6 million people into poverty.[1] Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously predicted…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2016 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Government Shouldn’t Impose Transgender Ideology on Nation

    You know gender-identity issues are getting lots of attention when it prompts one gay-rights activist to start a campaign called "Drop the T." Its goal: to kick transgender out of the standard LGBT acronym for being "ultimately regressive and actually hostile to the goals of women and gay men." Whatever happens within the LGBT community, one thing is clear: Government…

  • Issue Brief posted May 26, 2016 by Rachel Sheffield, Daren Bakst Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Time for Serious Reform, Not Tinkering

    Congress is currently working on reauthorizing the federal child nutrition programs, which include school meal programs. The last time Congress reauthorized these programs, it passed the controversial Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,[1] a major priority for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.[2] The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act made a number of…

  • Commentary posted April 11, 2016 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Mississippi, NC Protecting Rights

    Finally, after two years of governors caving to corporate bullies, two governors have stood strong to protect the common good. North Carolina’s Pat McCrory has signed a law that protects privacy and safety in public school bathrooms. And Mississippi’s Phil Bryant has protected religious freedom in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage. Both laws…

  • Issue Brief posted April 7, 2016 by Olivia Enos, Sarah Torre, Ana Quintana Strengthening the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI)

    A complex problem affecting an estimated 21 million people worldwide, human trafficking demands comprehensive solutions to achieve the long-term eradication of slavery. Sex trafficking, labor trafficking, bonded labor, debt bondage, peonage (the involuntary servitude of laborers), and the use of child soldiers—all forms of trafficking according to the U.S. Department of…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2016 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Big Biz Wins, Georgians Lose Re: HB 757

    Easter Monday didn’t bring good news to citizens in the peach state. Instead, corporate bullying killed a religious liberty bill. Big business and special interests successfully pressured Gov. Deal to veto legislation offering common-sense solutions to the challenges of a changing culture. It’s not unique to Georgia. And it’s bad news for all Americans. We’ve seen this…

  • Issue Brief posted March 22, 2016 by Sarah Torre Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court: Little Sisters of the Poor Take on Obamacare Mandate

    On March 23, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from the Little Sisters of the Poor in their challenge to the Obamacare “contraception mandate,” which threatens the sisters with crushing government fines unless—in direct violation of their religious beliefs—they facilitate coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and devices, contraception, and sterilization in…

  • Commentary posted March 22, 2016 by Rachel Sheffield Welfare Reform Must Include Work Requirements

    How can we ensure that welfare acts as a safety net for the truly needy and not as a handout to able-bodied adults who can work? It’s a question that has long vexed federal and state officials, but there is a good answer. House Speaker Paul Ryan recently announced the members of a task force who will be responsible for building an anti-poverty, welfare-reform agenda.…

  • Commentary posted March 7, 2016 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Allowing Doctors to Kill Undermines Solidarity and Corrupts Medicine

    Physician-assisted suicide is often portrayed as a compassionate option for clear-thinking adults to end their lives peacefully. But the reality is much darker. Letting doctors prescribe deadly drugs can actually encourage acts of violence, often resulting from subtle social and psychological coercion. Physician-assisted suicide fundamentally changes the doctor-patient…

  • Issue Brief posted February 24, 2016 by Robert Rector, Rachel Sheffield Setting Priorities for Welfare Reform

    The United States’ means-tested welfare system consists of over 80 programs that provide cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and lower-income Americans. Total annual spending on these programs reached $1 trillion in 2015.[1] More than 75 percent of this funding comes from the federal government. The last substantial reform of welfare, enacted…

  • Commentary posted February 18, 2016 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. The High Court's Anti-Marriage Ruling

    Love is in the air this Valentine's Day. But that doesn't mean that marriage and family are flourishing. A mistaken understanding of romantic love - the Hallmark and Hollywood version - has, unfortunately, undermined key aspects of committed marital love, and the consequences have been dire. Fifty years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan issued his famous report on the black…