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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 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 May 31, 2012 by Jennifer A. Marshall The Power of No

    The right to say no is a powerful force in America's history. Government may not compel conscience. Pacifists can conscientiously object to military service. Students cannot be forced to pledge allegiance to the flag. The power of no launched America. Some dissenters from the Church of England crossed an ocean to worship, raise children and form communities…

  • Commentary posted May 7, 2012 by Jennifer A. Marshall The Horror Behind Chen’s Great Escape

    It has all the makings of a spellbinding screenplay: A blind Chinese dissident outwits a communist regime’s thugs to escape house arrest and seek sanctuary in the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Chen Guangcheng scaled walls, crossed fields, slept in a pig pen, injured a foot, and -- after 17 hours -- connected with an activist he’d never met who drove him toward the…

  • Commentary posted February 28, 2012 by Jennifer A. Marshall Religious Liberty: Obamacare’s Unconscionable Casualty

    Like an unpleasant medical exam, President Obama apparently wanted to get this over quickly. But there are complications. Many Americans are deeply troubled by abortion-inducing drugs such as the morning-after pill and the week-after drug Ella—what some call “emergency contraception.” So when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in August…