Robert W. Patterson

This article was first published June 14, 2011, at

Since President Obama moved into the White House, the unemployment picture has gone from bad to worse. Unless things turn around, 2011 may be the third consecutive year with unemployment exceeding 9 percent, a first since the Labor Department began tracking the stat in 1948. (more…)


by Robert W.  Patterson

This article was first published at on April 27, 2011.

Third of a three-part series

It may be unfair to indict the political class for lack of nerve in addressing family breakdown.

Even as the retreat from family life became pronounced among the low-income population and has devastated the poor, Congress deep-sixed Aid to Families with Dependent Children in 1996 in hope of reversing the rise in out-of-wedlock births among African Americans that had raised the Irish ire of Daniel Patrick Moynihan 30 years before. (more…)

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by Robert W. Patterson

This article was originally published April 25, 2011, at

With his daring deficit reduction plan, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin deserves credit for courageous fiscal leadership. But he is painting Republicans into a corner if he thinks exploding federal outlays can be reduced without addressing underlying family demographics. (more…)


by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

a review of the book, Redeeming Economics: Rediscovering the Missing Element by John D. Mueller. This review was originally published at Family in America.

John Mueller’s Redeeming Economics is an impressive achievement, really three books in one. Mueller rewrites the history of economics in the first book. In the second book, Mueller expands the concerns of economics in the light of his historical reinterpretation. The third book proposes and critiques public policies through the lens of the theory developed in book two. Readers of The Family in America will probably be most interested in book three. But Mueller’s most lasting contribution to the well-being of the American family may well be book two. His expansion of the concerns of economics has the potential to give economists as well as social conservatives the analytical tools needed to defend the family on its own terms, rather than as a special case of a contract. (more…)


by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Family Research Council, and Ruth Institute Advisory Board member.

Republicans and Democrats differ on a wide range of issues, but almost all elected officials in Washington, D.C., believe that a key responsibility of both the White House and Congress is keeping the economy running at full-speed, providing an ever-increasing number of jobs, products, and services for the American people. Elections are won or lost on the public’s perception of the ability of a president and his party to implement policies that contribute to a rising Gross Domestic Product and rising standards of living. The parties differ as to the means to achieve these ends. (more…)