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Family holds a central place in our political rhetoric. Family gathered at home around the hearth or at the dinner table is a trope that is featured in movies, music and writing. Politicians talk about supporting families. Companies speak of family-friendly personnel policies and work environments.

The reality of how families are treated in America is quite different. Broadly we provide less support to families than other developed countries. These failings of support come in many domains: minimum livable income, housing, healthcare, education, transportation, child care, parental leave for new borns and more. The wealthy and rich are able to buy all the support they need. In fact they are the subject of much favoritism in tax and social policies.


Posts about Family in America

books, economy, education, family, healthcare, inequality, justice/jails, politics

Tightrope – Americans reaching for hope by Kristof and WuDunn – book review

May 1, 2020 Family holds a central place in our political rhetoric. Family gathered at home around the hearth or at the dinner table is a trope that is featured in movies, music and writing. Politicians talk about supporting --->> read more -->>
economy, family, inequality, recently noted

Recently Noted – “Across America, working-class people are dying of despair”

January 17, 2020 Family holds a central place in our political rhetoric. Family gathered at home around the hearth or at the dinner table is a trope that is featured in movies, music and writing. Politicians talk about supporting --->> read more -->>
family, inequality, justice/jails, racism, video-movies-podcasts

Evicted – the book and the exhibition

evicted press photo
April 3, 2019 Family holds a central place in our political rhetoric. Family gathered at home around the hearth or at the dinner table is a trope that is featured in movies, music and writing. Politicians talk about supporting --->> read more -->>
economy, family, inequality, recently noted

Recently Noted – A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America by Ed Pilkington

December 27, 2017 Family holds a central place in our political rhetoric. Family gathered at home around the hearth or at the dinner table is a trope that is featured in movies, music and writing. Politicians talk about supporting --->> read more -->>
family, healthcare, politics

Vicious Republicans Attack Children’s Health Insurance Program

December 12, 2017 Family holds a central place in our political rhetoric. Family gathered at home around the hearth or at the dinner table is a trope that is featured in movies, music and writing. Politicians talk about supporting --->> read more -->>
family, healthcare, recently noted

Recently Noted – maternal mortality in America

August 18, 2017 Family holds a central place in our political rhetoric. Family gathered at home around the hearth or at the dinner table is a trope that is featured in movies, music and writing. Politicians talk about supporting --->> read more -->>