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  • Commentary posted November 15, 2012 by Andrew T. Walker Keeping Calm and Carrying On

    We are young, white, male, evangelical in our faith, and conservative in our politics. On November 6, our kind experienced a series of catastrophes amounting to an extinction-level event. The Republican candidate for president lost, winnable seats in the Senate were lost, and marriage lost in the four states where it was on the ballot. The oceans may yet be rising,…

  • Commentary posted November 1, 2012 by Jennifer A. Marshall Backward on Women's Dignity

    “We have made woman a sex creature,” complained a psychiatrist at the Margaret Sanger clinic, according to Betty Friedan’s 1963 book The Feminist Mystique. A half-century later, a new Obama ad proudly likens voting for the first time to a young woman losing her virginity. You’ve come a long way, baby. But not necessarily forward. Women’s liberation is parodying…

  • Commentary posted October 26, 2012 by Dominique Ludvigson In Marriage Debate, Actions Speak Louder

    Proponents of same-sex marriage have attempted to reassure citizens that changing the meaning of marriage won't restrict the free-speech rights and religious freedom of those who oppose doing so. However, that's not the message sent by Gallaudet University's suspension of a top administrator simply for signing a petition to put the contentious social question directly to…

  • Commentary posted October 22, 2012 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The Spiraling State of Welfare Spending

    When the news from Washington contains words such as “million,” “billion” and “trillion,” it’s all too easy for our eyes to glaze over. Numbers that big aren’t easy to grasp. But in an era when the federal government continues to spend as if the party will never end, it’s essential to try. Here’s one way to get a handle on those words, courtesy of Jim Bohannon, the…

  • Commentary posted October 1, 2012 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Marriage at Risk in America

    “Marriage is a wonderful institution,” H.L. Mencken once quipped, “but who would want to live in an institution?” Great line. But in the real world, the more we learn about marriage, the more we realize how vital it is. For example: Social science finds that more than 30 percent of single-parent families with children are poor. The figure for married families: 7…

  • Commentary posted September 19, 2012 by Robert Rector Obama's End Run on Welfare

    The work requirements underpinning the nation’s largest cash-assistance welfare program no longer are legally binding on state governments. They can and will be replaced by alternative rules devised unilaterally by federal bureaucrats. That, anyway, is what President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has declared — 16 years after the previous…

  • Commentary posted September 7, 2012 by Robert Rector Clinton's Oratory Misses Truth on Work, Welfare

    By all accounts, Bill Clinton seemed to thoroughly enjoy delivering his prime-time speech to a rapt audience at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. In his 48-minute tour de force, one of the former president’s whistle stops was welfare reform. Clinton warned his listeners that the charge he was about to rebut was “a real doozy”: President Obama…

  • Commentary posted August 13, 2012 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Democrats' Food-Stamp Foolishness

    Do you know what Maryland gives its welfare recipients so they can access cash and food benefits? An “Independence Card.” If that sounds a bit Orwellian, consider the perverse spending increases that the Obama administration has planned for food stamps and an array of other forms of welfare. Why perverse? Because the whole goal of the successful welfare reform of the…

  • Commentary posted August 9, 2012 by Robert Rector Clinton's Deceptive Defense

    President Obama has announced his intention to issue waivers that would exempt states from federal welfare-to-work requirements, overturning the foundation of the successful welfare-reform law of 1996. And now former president Bill Clinton, who signed that celebrated measure into law, has rushed to Obama’s defense by confusing his own record. In proclaiming the…

  • Commentary posted August 9, 2012 by Robert Rector Clinton's Deceptive Defense

    President Obama has announced his intention to issue waivers that would exempt states from federal welfare-to-work requirements, overturning the foundation of the successful welfare-reform law of 1996. And now former president Bill Clinton, who signed that celebrated measure into law, has rushed to Obama’s defense by confusing his own record. In proclaiming the…

  • Commentary posted August 9, 2012 by Robert Rector, Andrew M. Grossman HHS Can’t Waive Workfare

    The welfare reform of 1996 stands as perhaps the most important entitlement reform in the nation’s history. Its successes stem from a core requirement that able-bodied parents must work, search for work, or train for work to be eligible for public assistance. But now, under the guise of providing states greater “flexibility” in operating their welfare programs, the…

  • Commentary posted July 30, 2012 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Clucks of Disapproval

    Dan Cathy could have saved his company, Chick-fil-A, a lot of trouble. All he had to do was keep his views about family to himself. Instead, he answered a question honestly. In a recent media interview, the company’s president and chief operating officer said what he believes and why he believes it. But his politically incorrect views are intolerable, judging from…

  • Commentary posted July 16, 2012 by Jennifer A. Marshall Last Word Not Heard on Health Care

    The Supreme Court decision letting the national health care law stand isn't the last word on “Obamacare.” Not in federal courts, not in Congress and not in the court of public opinion.  For one thing, despite the high court’s June 28 ruling, the massive transformation of the American health care system hasn't cleared other legal challenges. Twenty-three federal…

  • Commentary posted July 12, 2012 by Robert Rector Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It

    This afternoon, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive undermining the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that have been the foundation of that law — one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the 20th century. Welfare reform replaced the old Aid to…

  • Commentary posted June 15, 2012 by Jennifer A. Marshall Give the Girls a Chance

    For more than a generation, Americans have aggressively sought to guarantee girls every opportunity in the world. Except one: the chance to be born. Forty years ago this month, the passage of Title IX legislation kicked off what scholar Barbara Dafoe Whitehead has called "The Girl Project" — a multi-decade cultural overhaul aimed at assuring girls' access to…