The Family is a Fiscal Issue

On January 25, 2010, in Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D, by Betsy

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

In the modern world of consumer choice divorced from any moral grounding, family policy can seem hopelessly divisive. Some argue that “alternative family forms” are simply private lifestyle choices, comparable to our choices of curtains, cuisine or music. The choice to have children inside or outside marriage is just another personal choice for each individual to make privately. But a recent report from the Institute for American Values shows that these seemingly private decisions can have serious, and expensive, costs to the taxpayer. They estimate that The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing amount to at least $112 billion each and every year, or more than $1 trillion each decade.

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

It takes a family to raise a village. Without the family, the village itself can not function. If the family breaks down, or fails to form in the first place, the “village” can not possibly provide adequate help to repair the damage. The family does something the “village” can not do for itself, namely bring the next generation into being, and socialize them into the kind of people who can participate in a free society. Without the family doing its job, the state will necessarily grow larger, more expensive and more intrusive.

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 was inspired by the desire to help mothers manage working and family emergencies. Like many well-intentioned laws, the FMLA has been plagued by unintended consequences and expensive abuses, especially costly for small businesses. Like many bureaucratic programs, it has been abused by people who are savvy enough to scam the rules. Free negotiation by workers and firms potentially could provide a superior solution to the problems the FMLA was supposed to solve.

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Taken Into Custody By Divorce

On November 19, 2007, in Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D, by Betsy

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Most Americans have made their peace with no-fault divorce, believing easy divorce to be an enhancement of individual liberty. But a new book by Stephen Baskerville argues that permitting unilateral divorce allows an unprecedented scope for government intrusion into ordinary people’s lives. Taken Into Custody has several breakthrough insights.

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

originally published on townhall.com on September 4, 2006

Freedom-loving people might once have believed that the gay rights movement was about protecting gay people from unwarranted interference with their private lives. No one can believe that any longer. The gay caucus of the California State Assembly is an aggressive and intrusive movement that brooks no disagreement.

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