Three Things President Trump Can Do to Reduce Dependency
‘We will get our people off of welfare and back to work,” President Trump said in his inaugural address. He continued that theme the next month at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. “It’s time for all Americans to …
What’s the ‘Public Purpose’ of the National Endowment for the Arts?
Although the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight.
Do Whites Benefit Disproportionately from Welfare?
The Washington Post today inflicts some weapons-grade stupidity upon the reading public, with its claim that whites benefit disproportionately — not just in higher gross numbers — from federal welfare programs. The question involves a new …
Work-Family Policy in Trump’s America
Editor’s Note: This piece was reprinted with permission from family-studies.org.
What could the Trump administration do to help working-class families?
Less than three weeks after the election, we conducted a focus group in a small town in southern …
Whoever wins the election on Tuesday, conservatives will be in our customary unhappy position: explaining to people who are unhappy with the state of their lives that there is not really very much that we can do for them, because …
Yes, the ’96 Welfare Reform Helped Reduce Child Poverty
Last week, I took an epistemological look at what it means to say that the ’96 welfare reform was a success. In this essay, I want to lay out a specific empirical case affirming the success of welfare reform — 20 years …
Europe’s Welfare States Try Welfare Reform
Twenty years ago President Bill Clinton followed up on his promise to reduce welfare dependency. Clinton, who had pledged in a TV spot during his run for office that he had “a plan to end welfare as we know it,” …
Welfare Reform: Two Decades of Success
Two decades ago, on August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a landmark welfare-reform bill (the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act) into law. At the time, liberals proclaimed that the bill would slash the incomes of one fifth of American families …
Why a Universal Basic Income Is a Terrible Idea
If you have not heard any proposals for a “universal basic income” (UBI), you will soon. Under a UBI, the federal government would send each American (including children, in some plans) a monthly check of, say, $800 or $1,000 to cover basic …
Universal Basic Income’s Growing Appeal
Speaker Ryan released the first part of his anti-poverty agenda this morning. If there ever was a consensus in this town, it is that the current welfare system is broken and needs to be reformed. The status quo is not …
Entitlements: The Most Dangerous Addiction
All addictions – whether drug, alcohol, gambling, sexual, or cigarettes – are very hard to escape.
There is one addiction, however, that might be more difficult than any other to escape – in part because it is not even regarded as an addiction. …
Welfare Reform Can Flourish in the Post-Obama Era
As the dust of the Obama administration continues to settle, a trend is growing across the country: State leaders are stepping up to tackle big problems in their welfare systems. Specifically, states are moving away from policies that promote long-term …
Opposition Party Misleads on Immigrant Welfare Use
Media bias is well known, but occasionally a major outlet will publish something that is so one-sided that it surprises even me. A Washington Post article yesterday by Abigail Hauslohner and Janell Ross meets that standard. Ostensibly a straight news …
Time for a Fresh Look at SNAP
Entitlement reform might be back in fashion.
The House Agriculture Committee just released a lengthy report on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. The report — Past, Present, & Future of SNAP — is a comprehensive …
Regulations on Background Checks Would Only Hurt Black Workers
The greatest moral claim of the political Left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves.
One of the most recent efforts …
Why the 1996 Welfare Reform Benefited Poor Children
Twenty years ago last week, Congress passed legislation overhauling the nation’s cash welfare system. In a new paper, “Poverty after Welfare Reform,” I attempt to discern how hardship has changed among children since August 22, 1996, when President Clinton signed into …
20 Years after Welfare Reform, Conservatives Should Build on Its Success to Address Poverty
At the height of one of the strongest governing majorities Democrats have ever held, President Lyndon Johnson famously declared a “war on poverty.” What followed was sweeping legislation to fight this battle with big government’s bluntest instrument: open-ended cash …
The Nordic Democratic-Socialist Myth
Although Bernie Sanders failed to win the Democratic presidential nomination, the Vermont senator’s campaign did succeed in mobilizing thousands of progressive activists. Their energy and support seems closely connected to Sanders’s quest to introduce a Nordic-style welfare model …
Conservatives Shouldn’t Treat the Welfare State as Inevitable
Too many social problems are conceived of in terms of what “we” can do for “them.” After decades of massive expansions of the welfare state, the answer seems to range from “not very much” to “making matters worse.”
Undaunted, people …
Ending Welfare as We Know It
Suppose there was a way to abolish most of the edifice of the modern welfare state, virtually eliminating the bureaucracy that supports it, and still lift people out of poverty. Shouldn’t we jump at it? Maybe. Maybe not.