Conservative Home USA

The Clapham Group has been partnering with Conservative Home USA around a series of articles on Conservative approaches to promoting opportunity. A distinguished group of writers has covered a range of topics and perspectives. Details of the writers and the topics are below.Mark Rodgers - "American greatness rests on American opportunity: let's go beyond compassionate conservatism to a new level" Mark Rodgers is the Principal of The Clapham Group and Managing Director of Wedgwood Culture– two companies that seek to influence culture upstream of the political arena. Tevi Troy - "Poverty is about unemployment, dropping out, and having children outside marriage - and we spend billions on almost everything except these" Tevi Troy is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former Deputy Secretary of HHS and senior White House aide. Jedd Medefind - How we care for orphans as a society shows what kind of society we are" Jedd Medefind formerly led the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, and now serves as President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Haskins - "Flat wages, a disturbing trend toward less work among poor men, and continued unwed childbearing show that our welfare reform efforts are nowhere near finished" A former White House and congressional advisor on welfare issues, Ron Haskins co-directs the Brookings Center on Children and Families. An expert on preschool, foster care, and poverty, he was instrumental in the 1996 overhaul of national welfare policy. Ryan Messmore - "Civil Society: Key to Fighting Poverty, Expanding Opportunity" Ryan Messmore, D.Phil., is the William E. Simon fellow in religion and a free society at The Heritage Foundation ( and lead writer for “Seek Social Justice,” a DVD-based study for small groups. Brandt - "Deficit reduction and wealth creation go hand-in-hand with helping poor families" Randy Brandt is the Director of the program to promote and protect America's freedom at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and former deputy staff director and counsel for the Senate Republican Conference. Patterson - "It's not popular to say, but the reality is that social - not material - deficits keep poverty in business" Robert W. Patterson is editor of The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy.–material.html

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