Family (page 2)

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    Why California’s paid family leave program didn’t work

    Suzanne Venker writes for the Washington Examiner about a new study of California’s taxpayer-funded family leave program. A new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that California’s 2004 paid leave law, which provides an extra six weeks of paid leave at 55% of one’s…
    Mitch Kokai, November 13, 2019
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    Questioning the consequences of taxpayer-supported maternity leave

    Georgi Boorman writes for the Federalist about new research that questions the benefits of taxpayer-funded maternity leave. The results of a study released this week on the long-term effects of California’s Paid Family Leave Act indicate the leftist policy may leave mothers in a less favorable position than…
    Mitch Kokai, October 30, 2019
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    Planning To Talk Politics With Family Over Thanksgiving?

    Stick to movies, music, and the weather when talking with family and friends. From pollsters at Rasmussen: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of American Adults believe their fellow countrymen are less tolerant of each other’s political opinions than they were in the…
    Donna Martinez, October 14, 2019
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    What is killing the American Dream?

    Eric Levitz at New York Magazine claims the American Dream is being killed. He blames three policy decisions by which “we let” wages fall, prices climb, and the social contract fail. My colleague Mike Schietzelt raised the primary objection when sharing the article with me, that Levitz defines…
    Joseph Coletti, October 8, 2019
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    Families and identity politics

    Michael Brendan Dougherty writes at National Review Online about the political impact of the shrinking family. Shrinking families means smaller networks of kinship and familial care, which spreads out. Your friends and neighbors have fewer brothers, sisters, and cousins who might serve as role models or a kind…
    Mitch Kokai, October 1, 2019
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    The luxury of marriage

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a new report that offers a disturbing assessment of marriage. Marriage, once a staple of American life, is now increasingly a luxury, according to a new report. About 48 percent of the adult population is married, while about 11…
    Mitch Kokai, September 17, 2019
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    Marriage decline and the role of ‘missing husbands’

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon looks into the factors contributing to a decline in marriage rates. A startling number of young women are unable to find a spouse, and new research from a group of economists suggests their would-be partners are just not up to…
    Mitch Kokai, September 11, 2019
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    “The Politics of Procreation”

    That’s the title of an interesting piece at Quillette by Joel Kotkin. These passages especially caught my eye: For progressives, the shift to post-familialism promises almost unlimited power, particularly in urban areas. Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg has noted that the singles, particularly single women, represent the…
    Jon Guze, September 6, 2019