The Obama administration has just announced a new $1 billion initiative ($750 million in federal grants and the remainder from private funding) to enroll more children in government preschool programs. The new measure is being announced formally at the White House Summit ...
It’s About Welfare Reform, Not the Sequester
The sequester is forcing devastating cuts on the nation’s welfare system at a time of record poverty levels — or so shouts a recent Associated Press dispatch, magnified with glee by overseas media.
But let’s put this in perspective.
Welfare Is at an All-Time High
Welfare spending has hit a stunning all-time high. A new Congressional Research Service report confirms what research here at the Heritage Foundation has shown: Means-tested welfare programs now cost taxpayers roughly $1 trillion a year.
Unlike general government programs, such as ...
The Economic Inequality of Unwed Births
A new study from the Journal of Economic Perspectives suggests that teen childbearing is more an outcome of poor economic circumstances than a cause. As the authors assert:
Taken as a whole, previous research has had considerable difficulty ...
Obama’s New Poverty Measure ‘Spreads the Wealth’
On Monday, the Census Bureau released a new poverty measure created by the Obama administration. Based on this new calculation, census officials assert that more than 49 million Americans are poor — roughly 3 million more than they reported in September’s annual ...
Welfare in the Bronx: Personal Responsibility Is Still the Key
“Need Welfare in the Bronx? Come Back Tomorrow, Maybe” — that’s the title of a recent Womensenews.org piece that questions the success of welfare reform. Caseloads may have dropped, argues author Anna Limontas-Salisbury, but the system leaves those in ...
Making Work Standard for Food Stamps
Earlier this summer the House took the smart step of separating food stamps and agricultural programs, which combined had formed the bloated farm bill. This set the stage for significant reform. Although the stand-alone food-stamp bill introduced this week moves ...
Washington Post’s Faulty Fact-Checking on Welfare
The Washington Post’s “fact-checker” columnist, Glenn Kessler, recently took aim at a chart on federal welfare spending released by Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), as well as a statement the senator made earlier this month at a hearing on ...
Romney Urges NAACP to Embrace School Choice
In his speech Wednesday morning at the NAACP convention in Houston, Mitt Romney threw a spotlight on the rampant educational inequality facing the nation’s black schoolchildren. The presumptive Republican nominee for president noted:
If equal opportunity in America were ...
Unwed Childbearing is the 'New Normal'? Depends on Where You Stand
Unwed childbearing is the “new normal” for women under 30, reports the New York Times. A study from the research organization Child Trends reveals that 53 percent of births to women in this age group now occur outside marriage.
Permissive Sex Ed Linked to Higher Teen-Pregnancy, Abortion Rates
Planned Parenthood pounced quickly after the Centers for Disease Control released a report last week on state variations in teen births. In a press release, Planned Parenthood asserted that the CDC report “makes it crystal clear that the teen birthrate ...