PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release: 26 September 2005, Rockford, Illinois

CONTACT: Larry Jacobs, cell (513) 515-3685, 815-964-5819, 1-800-461-3113, media@profam.org

WEBSITES: www.worldcongress.org, or www.profam.org

 

CARLSON SAYS CELEBRATE FAMILY DAY WITH REAL HELP FOR FAMILIES

Monday – September 26 – is national Family Day, as designated by presidential proclamation. Rather than the standard political rhetoric, Howard Center President Allan Carlson is calling on Washington to give meaning to the observance by giving serious consideration to the Parents’ Tax Relief Act of 2005. (Click here for background information)

The legislation (HR 3080 and S 1305) recognizes the crucial contribution of parents who choose to care for their children in the home.

HR 3080 and S 1305 provide the following:

• A $250 per month tax credit to families that make the financial and temporal sacrifices required to care for preschoolers in the home, during regular business hours.

• Increases the personal exemption for dependent children to $5,000 (where it would be if the exemption of the Tax Reform Act of 1948 had kept pace with inflation) and makes permanent the current $1,000-per child tax credit, as well as indexing it to inflation.

• Grants the employment credit toward Social Security to parents who care for children, full-time at home.

Says Carlson: “The Parents Tax Relief Act of 2005 recognizes the value of parental care of small children. It also affirms marriage as a public good and would restore recognition of the marital couple as an economic partnership. Lastly, it would promote home businesses – thus reducing energy consumption entailed in long commutes.”

Ronald Reagan put the case for a family-centric tax code eloquently when he remarked: “The family is the bedrock of our nation; but it is also the engine that gives our country life….It is the power of the family that holds the nation together, that gives America her conscience, and that serves as the cradle of our country’s soul.”

The president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, Carlson is the organizer of the World Congress of Families and author of “Fractured Generations: Crafting a Family Policy for Twenty-First Century America” (Transaction, 2005) and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be a member of The National Commission on Children in 1988.

The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society is an independent, non-profit research and education center that strives to be the leading source of fresh ideas and new strategies for affirmation and defense of the natural family, both nationally and globally. The Howard Center is also the founder and organizer of the World Congress of Families project which unites people of goodwill who recognize that the family is the fundamental unit of society and coordinates the efforts of pro-family groups from more the 60 countries worldwide.

For more information, visit the following websites: www.worldcongress.org, or www.profam.org. Or contact Larry Jacobs at the World Congress of Families (800) 461-3113.

 

About The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society

The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society is an independent, non-profit research and education center that strives to be the leading source of fresh ideas and new strategies for affirmation and defense of the natural family, both nationally and globally.  The Howard Center is also the founder and organizer of the World Congress of Families project which unites people of goodwill who recognize that the family is the fundamental unit of society and coordinates the efforts of pro-family groups from more the 60 countries worldwide.

In terms of function, The Howard Center:

  • Shapes new ideas about the nature and status of the family and faith

  • Makes fresh scientific research on the family accessible and useful to family scholars

  • Creates effective national and international networks of family advocates

  • Magnifies ideas and influence through all forms of media

  • Provides expert opinions to public policy makers

Specific programs include:

  • Publishing three monthly periodicals (Family in America, New Research, and The Religion and Society Report)

  • Publishing weekly The Family Update, Online! a free email newsletter

  • Serving as administrator and co-convener of the World Congress of Families (WCF# 1 in Prague, 1997, WCF# 2 in Geneva, 1999, WCF# 3, March 29-31, 2004 in Mexico City, and WCF# 4 scheduled for 11-13 May 2007 in Warsaw, Poland)

  • Building the Swan Library of Family and Culture

  • Maintaining three active websites The Howard Center (www.profam.org), The World Congress of Families (www.worldcongress.org), and The Family Manifesto (www.familymanifesto.net).

  • Convening periodic lectures and special conferences

  • Sponsoring “The Kohler Fellows Program”, in support of young scholars

Please visit www.profam.org, www.worldcongress.org, or www.familymanifesto.net for the latest news and info.

 
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