Highlighting different examples, the authors of the report argue that marriage and family play key roles “in sustaining long-term economic growth, the viability of the welfare state, the size and quality of the workforce, and the profitability of large sectors of the modern economy.”

via Marriage, Family and Economic Growth.

 

Borrowing from our children while we refuse to have many would be a delicious irony if it were not such bitter fruit.

http://m.philly.com/phillycom/pm_21409/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=DNPZb2iy

Posted from WordPress for Android

Marriage and Poverty in Vermont

Marriage and Poverty in Vermont

True, fewer people today live in households with incomes between $30,000 and $100,000 (a reasonable definition of “middle class”) than in 1979. But the number of people in households that bring in more than $100,000 also rose from 12 percent to 24 percent. There was no increase in the percentage of people in households making less than $30,000. So the entire “decline” of the middle class came from people moving up the income ladder.

From Stephen Rose in the Washington Post via David Weinberger at the Foundry

Posted from WordPress for Android

With gasoline prices at a two-year high, President Barack Obama today called for a crackdown on “price gouging” at the pump. Some consumers may feel relief to hear that the White House intends to protect them from supposedly unscrupulous suppliers. But the President’s energy policies are a lot more to blame for the current high prices than any market manipulation. And to the extent his “price gouging” rhetoric persists, the rise in oil prices could worsen.

No one person can “control” gas prices, but the president of the United States certainly has a lot of potential influence, for better or worse, in that department.

The record shows that government price controls have consistently proven to be disastrous. In the 1970s, for example, artificially low prices imposed by the Carter Administration resulted in shortages that caused gas lines a la Eastern Europe.

Quotes are from the Diane Katz at the Heritage Foundation

Posted from WordPress for Android

From the Heritage Foundation:

Granting unions a monopoly over work done in government gives unions enormous leverage over budgets and taxes. Unions use this power to raise taxes and get more of the budget spent on them.

via What Won’t the Government Unions Tell You? Unions 101 – AskHeritage.