Tax Reform Is No Place for Paid Leave
Paid parental leave is a hot topic these days, and rightfully so. Only 14 percent of workers have access to paid family leave from their employers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even when accounting for vacation days, sick days, …
Jared and Other Sons-in-Law We Have Known, Part II
Editor’s Note: This series in Jay Nordlinger’s Impromptus is an expansion of a piece he has in the current issue of National Review. For Part I, go here. The series concludes today.
Stalin, it will shock you to …
Jared and Other Sons-in-Law We Have Known, Part I
Editor’s Note: This series in Jay Nordlinger’s Impromptus is an expansion of a piece he has in the current issue of National Review.
Quite possibly, the most ticklish relationship in human history is that between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. …
How Technology Can Solve Workplace Challenges
Technology has long been helping people — particularly women — in their quest to balance work and family responsibilities. The ability to work from home, tele- and video-conference into work meetings, has created new work paradigms; the Internet has created …
A Better Way Forward on Family Policy
The hug-that-wasn’t might have cemented meaningful assistance for low- and middle-income families.
Following Ivanka Trump’s meeting with Senator Marco Rubio and others about including an expansion of the Child Tax Credit in the upcoming tax reform, the White …
A Father’s Day Remembrance
It’s been twelve years now since my Dad died. Re-posting my eulogy to my Dad remains something of a tradition for me and at least for some readers. I’m grateful to those readers because it helps remind me to reread …
Marco Rubio and Ivanka Trump Team Up on Tax Reform
The White House has gained a surprising new ally on issues related to tax reform: Senator Marco Rubio.
In an e-mail circulating through congressional offices, members of Congress have been invited to join Senator Rubio and First Daughter Ivanka Trump …
Tax Reform for Working-Class Families
The working class is back in the spotlight. After a nearly two decades of focus on the middle class, the election of Donald Trump has awakened political elites to the problems facing families not rich enough to start a 529 plan …
Imagine a crowded restaurant. Glasses clink. Conversations buzz. You’re ushered to your seat, take a nonchalant glance around, and then, after an inevitable subtle double take, there he is: the astronaut at the next table.
I’m not talking …
The Revival of American Masculinity Starts at Home
I don’t watch much cable television; I’m not even into Netflix. Instead, I subscribe to a dozen or so channels on YouTube.
One of my favorites features a bespectacled 19-year-old blacksmith from the United Kingdom named Alec Steele. (…
Trump, Parenting, and the “Authoritarian Personality”
I have always been suspicious of claims that support for Donald Trump is rooted in voters’ deep-seated personality traits, and in particular on their “authoritarian” instincts. According to this line of thinking, it is deeply significant that one’s answers to …
The Son-in-Law Also Rises (and Falls)
Yesterday, I saw a picture of Jared Kushner, sitting with King Abdullah of Jordan. He looked so young, Kushner did (lucky guy). I looked up his age: 36. When Mussolini made his son-in-law foreign minister, he, the son-in-law, was 33. (His name …
Magnificent Thrill Machines
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the August 14, 2017, issue of National Review.
Sandusky, Ohio — My parents weren’t wild about the prospect of a family vacation in Sandusky.
It was 1993, I was eight years old, and we had …
The Child Tax Credit Is No Elixir for Family Policy
Thanks to Ivanka Trump, Republican members of Congress and their staff will spend part of their summer thinking about paid leave and child care. For conservatives, the question has moved from whether to provide additional relief to parents, to how.
Resisting the Divorce Momentum
Editor’s note: Michael and Diane Medved will be appearing with Jay Nordlinger in Seattle on Wednesday night, hosted by the Discovery Institute. Tickets are available here.
Don’t Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving and Revitalizing Your Marriage is a …
We make a big fuss about mothers in our culture. Think of how often politicians offer sympathy to “heroic” single moms who are doing such an amazing job. Many do, and of course, their lives are extremely hard and they …
The Paternalism of Paid Parental Leave
The center-right American Enterprise Institute and the center-left Brookings Institution have a new report about paid parental leave. The members of their working group disagreed about much, but they were able to put forward a compromise plan. In this plan, …
Don’t Force Employers to Provide Paid Parental Leave
Despite emerging as the loudest Democratic voice in the president’s ear, Ivanka Trump cannot seem to escape bitter criticism from the left. Last week, the Huffington Post branded Trump’s latest iteration of the president’s paid-parental-leave plan “a …
‘Polyamory’ Is a Modern Name for a Backwards Practice
Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared at Acculturated, and it is reprinted here with permission.
Hey everyone, a relic of barbarism is making a comeback! If the reference is lost on you, I am referring to an expression from …
Motherhood Before Marriage
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the September 24, 2007, issue of National Review magazine.
Young women who idealize marriage, fiercely disapprove of divorce, and eagerly embrace the self-denying demands of motherhood might be thought a welcome antidote to the breakdown …