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The Negative Impact of Multi-Generational Welfare

February 12, 2014 - 4:31pm CST

Government welfare programs were originally designed to be temporary to help people get back on their financial feet. Today, that is no longer true. For instance, SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid system, imposes no time limits on the recipients as long as they meet various income-eligibility requirem... READ MORE

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GDP Undervalues the Impact of the Family

January 13, 2014 - 4:32pm CST

A strict free-market reading of economic growth would support the view that any monetary generating activity is of equal value to society. But is that really the case? For example, if I spend $1,000 on an abortion or $1,000 on a life-saving procedure, are the two activities really of the same value?... READ MORE

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A High-Investment Strategy for Oklahoma

November 14, 2013 - 4:33pm CST

We all know someone who is divorced. Most people either have been close to someone journeying through a divorce or have endured the emotionally trying path themselves. While it is exceptionally hard on the husband and wife, what about the children? Where there is the confluence of life challenges a... READ MORE

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The Importance of Family-Owned Businesses

September 9, 2013 - 4:43pm CDT

Two of my boys are in the midst of reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy and Little House in the Big Woods. The older boy, who is always trying to minimize work and maximize play, has commented several times that farm kids must sweat a lot since they are engaged in so much physical labor. The yo... READ MORE

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Congratulations, KD!

August 5, 2013 - 4:43pm CDT

When sports fans discovered that NBA all-star Kevin Durant proposed to WNBA standout Monica Wright, pundits quickly asked, “How will marriage change KD?” Implied in the very tone of the question was not merely that marriage will change Durant—and it will—but that it must necessarily negatively affe... READ MORE

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‘Freedom Feminism’ and the Pursuit of Happiness

August 1, 2013 - 4:45pm CDT

With 70 percent of women now in the workforce, at first glance the audience might seem enormous for the recent bestselling career book "Lean In," in which author Sheryl Sandberg discusses perceived roadblocks women face in their careers.  Sandberg herself is a Harvard-educated woman who before the ... READ MORE

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Black Leaders Say Personal Responsibility Key to Economic Opportunity

July 11, 2013 - 4:47pm CDT

What do Bill Cosby, Walter Williams, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter have in common?  They are all black men who grew up in Philadelphia. Williams and Cosby are a year apart in age. Both grew up in the Richard Allen housing projects in Philly and were raised by their mothers. Cosby attended T... READ MORE

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T.W. Shannon Recovers the Worth of Work

June 5, 2013 - 4:49pm CDT

It’s with good reason that Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon continues to garner respect and attention from thoughtful people across the country. Among other accomplishments, Shannon sponsored House Bill 1909, which requires able-bodied individuals, ages 18 to 50, who are not raising a child, to ... READ MORE

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Children Are Key to a Prosperous Economy

April 4, 2013 - 4:50pm CDT

A topic that both liberal and conservative publications seem to be writing about with more frequency is the rapid aging of our population coupled with a declining birth rate, a trend that demographers have labeled “demographic winter.” Countries such as Japan and Russia are already facing annual de... READ MORE

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The Dismal Science Promises ‘Happily Ever After’

March 6, 2013 - 4:51pm CST

In February, the country celebrated National Marriage Week, and Oklahoma lawmakers and issue advocates took the opportunity to expound the striking statistical correlations between marriage and a variety of socially desirable outcomes. As state Rep. Mark McCullough put it in a news release, “A grow... READ MORE

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