During the President's State of the Union address this week, he proposed a plan for restructuring the tax code to help middle class families. While initially appealing, his proposals are decidedly one sided. I expressed my displeasure with the plan here, but wanted to take the opportunity to interview my friend Brad Wilcox, one of the nation's foremost sociologists on family structure, who also expressed frustration with the President's plan in a series of tweets. Wilcox is the Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You can follow him on twitter here.
Walker: During this week's State of the Union, you tweeted in disappointment that the President's tax relief plan for middle class families–which would triple the child-care tax credit to $3000 and add a dual-earner credit of $500–excluded any specific policies for households with a stay-at-home-parent. Why were you disappointed?
Wilcox: The president could have easily chosen to offer a tax reform plan that served all low-income and middle-class families. Instead, he offered a plan that serves only families headed by two earners. There's no place for the traditional family in the president's plan. What's more: the President's proposed dual-earner credit provides no relief to middle-class families headed by a single parent. more >>
Robert Griffin III, the Christian Washington Redskins quarterback, recently explained why the theme of his new charitable organization is family.
Griffin, the 24-year-old Christian QB, and his wife Rebecca Griffin, officially launched their new charity, Family of 3 on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The organization seeks to assist three new families each year through financial aid and other means.
The quarterback spoke more about his foundation on Redskins.com recently. more >>
Russell Wilson believes God gave him a greater purpose other than just going to the Super Bowl.
Wilson, the 26-year-old Christian quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, recently wrote a blog for the Seattle Children's Hospital Research Foundation. There, the Christian athlete spoke about his divine purpose.
Although Wilson and his Seahawks have managed to secure a spot in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, the Christian athlete has been working with the Seattle Children's hospital all season. That is where he said he has found joy this season. more >>
A state-funded free Christian school in the United Kingdom will be forced to shut down after government inspectors deemed the school "inadequate" and claimed that the school's students displayed "discriminatory views" toward people of other faiths.
After the British government created new guidelines for how school inspectors rated schools, inspectors were told to evaluate schools, in their annual Ofsted inspection reports, on how school's promote "British values."
After inspectors visited the Durham Free School, which educates 94 students aged 11 to 13, last November, it was deemed that the school did not meet the required standards for just about every aspect of the inspection: leadership and management, behaviour and safety, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils. more >>
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people from across the United States and abroad gathered at National Mall for the annual March for Life. The large gathering calling for the advancement of the pro-life cause in America took place as the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives gave the demonstrators a mixed message.
While the lower House of Congress passed a bill to strip abortion providers of taxpayer funds, called the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, they delayed a vote on a ban for abortions performed twenty weeks after fertilization, known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Rick Santorum, former Republican member of the U.S. Senate and participant in the March for Life, told The Christian Post that he was happy with the vote to approve the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act. more >>
Just one and a half months before the birth of their first child, Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard spent time together on a date to P.F. Chang's on Sunday.
The couple is expecting its first child, a baby boy, in March and are making the most of their remaining freedom before welcoming Baby Dilly to the family. They decided to do so by enjoying a meal together at a local P.F. Chang's. Jill posted a photo of the two of them to Instagram with the caption, "datenight with my amazing hubby @derickdillard #soinlove #19kids #PFChangs #Jillmdillard."
The two have had their entire relationship filmed by cameras for TLC's hit series "19 Kids & Counting" and will now become parents on TV as well. Fans are eager to see the birth of Baby Dilly and how Jill and Derick adapt to parenthood. However, given Jill's history within a large family, it may not take much adaptation at all. more >>