Magazine May 14, 2018, Issue

Welfare Reform 2.0

Kansas senator Pat Roberts (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
There remains a lot of potential for the safety net to promote work

In their latest “farm bill,” Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee have proposed a simple rule for the food-stamp program: If you’re an able-bodied adult between the ages of 18 and 59, and have no children under six, you must either work or participate in a work program to get benefits. This is stricter than the two-tiered system we have today, in which most nonworking adults have to register for work and accept a job if offered one, and those under 50 with no dependents are limited to three months of aid if they don’t find a job or join

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Books, Arts & Manners


Redeeming the Miracle

Yuval Levin reviews Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy, by Jonah Goldberg.




Richard Rustad responds to Yuval Levin & Ramesh Ponnuru’s article “A New Health-Care Debate.”


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