Dave has studied, written about, and advocated for a range of themes in the last 25 years, but his principal focus has been the ongoing struggle in the American middle class to balance work and family responsibilities. Dave knows that American families are frustrated and overwhelmed by these challenges. Like so many, he is fed up with our federal legislators’ inability to make real progress in developing practical policy solutions to address these problems.

Recognizing the need for a national family policy that addresses the realities of contemporary American life, Dave will advocate for his plan to provide young families with a choice of paid parental leave plus child care support or paid parental leave plus a tax credit for a stay at home parent—for straight and LGBT families. Dave respects that each family has a different way of raising children and understands that parents, particularly women, approach work-life balance in their own way.

Dave began publishing a series of articles and papers about feminist theory and family policy between 1994 and 1998, and he articulated the basic structure of the plan he advocates for today in an op-ed in The Hill in 2000 and a chapter in a book entitled Progressive Politics in the Global Age in 2001. He defended the core ideas of his family plan on the op-ed pages of The Baltimore SunThe Gazette, and other newspapers from 2001 through 2004. In his 2014 book Leveraging: A Political, Economic and Societal Framework, he offered some new innovative arguments for his family plan.

Dave Anderson, who has taught at six universities and worked in practical politics for 13 years, is determined to bring his family plan to Congress and the American people. He was ahead of his time 15 or 20 years ago and is now ready to bring practical policy solutions to Congress.

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