FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dr. Isabel V. Sawhill, Generation Unbound: Drifting Into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage

By: Saturday September 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Isabel Sawhill, an expert in poverty and fiscal policy, has long championed the idea that couples should marry before having children. As recently as May 2012, she wrote a piece in The Washington Post supporting former Vice President Dan Quayle’s remark in 1992 that TV single mom Murphy Brown had dishonored the country by bearing a child.

Her opinion generated almost 2,500 comments in the newspaper.

Sawhill, a senior fellow in economics at Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank in Washington, still strongly supports marriage. But in her book Generation Unbound, released this week, she writes that she has come to believe that while marriage is an important symbol of commitment and usually a good thing for children, it is no longer what those who care about children should insist come first.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Virginia Brennan, Free Clinics: Local Responses to Health Care Needs

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 1:59 pm

The creation of “free clinics” to provide services to those without access to health care has a long and rich history, some of which has made it into the popular imagination.

Confessions of a Job Creator

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 2:05 pm

Some people think they know some things about us job creators. The guy whose job it is supposed to be to represent me in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who has of course been featured before on these pages, thinks he knows some things about us job creators. He sent me an email the other day, like he likes to do sometimes, to make sure I didn’t miss his latest op-ed, which ran August 30 in his favorite small-town, low-circulation weekly, which apparently lets him publish whatever disingenuous propaganda he thinks his corporate overlords might want to read. The title of his latest is “Survey Highlights Top Concerns of U.S. Job Creators,” and you can read it in its entirety here.

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