Opportunity for the Disadvantaged

Too many government policies have created barriers to economic opportunity in America, especially for the most disadvantaged. Consider the following:

  • Since 1980 federal spending on education has soared, but educational outcomes have remained stagnant, in large part because parents are forced to keep their children in underperforming schools.
  • The onslaught in recent decades of new criminal laws and mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent crimes has produced an explosion in the U.S. prison population, which often prevents offenders from finding meaningful opportunities upon their release.

It is impossible to expect strong economic growth and individual well-being while government policies are failing so many Americans. Increasing school choice and reforming the criminal justice system will create opportunities for millions of people.


Oct 06, 2017

Putting U.S. Employment Numbers in Context – September 2017

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for September 2017 was 4.2 percent and that the economy lost 33,000 jobs. Today marks the eighth…

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Sep 28, 2017

2017 Q2: Economy Grew At A 3.1 Percent Rate (Final Estimate)

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released its third and final estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2017, announcing that the U.S. economy expanded at…

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Sep 01, 2017

Putting U.S. Employment Numbers in Context – August 2017

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for August 2017 was 4.4 percent and that the economy added 156,000 jobs. Today marks the seventh…

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Aug 30, 2017

2017 Q2: Economy Grew At A 3 Percent Rate (Preliminary Estimate)

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released its second estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2017, announcing that the U.S. economy expanded at an annualized…

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Aug 04, 2017

Putting U.S. Employment Numbers in Context – July 2017

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for July 2017 was 4.3 percent and that the economy added 209,000 jobs. Today marks the sixth…

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Jul 19, 2017

Holden: DOJ Expansion of Asset Forfeiture Unjust and Unconstitutional

Arlington, VA – Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ reinstatement and expansion of civil asset forfeiture at the Department of Justice. “We are disappointed that…

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Jul 07, 2017

Putting U.S. Employment Numbers in Context – June 2017

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for June 2017 was 4.4 percent and that the economy added 222,000 jobs. Today marks the fifth…

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Jun 02, 2017

Putting U.S. Employment Numbers in Context – May 2017

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for May 2017 was 4.3 percent and that the economy added 138,000 jobs. Today marks the fourth…

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May 26, 2017

Economy Grew at a 1.2 Percent Rate, Weakest Since the First Quarter of 2016

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released its second estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2017, announcing that the U.S. economy expanded at an annualized…

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May 05, 2017

Putting U.S. Employment Numbers in Context – April 2017

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent and that the economy added 211,000 jobs. Today marks the fourth…

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