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  • 900,000 Reasons Obamacare Is Bad: Moving Americans from Work to Welfare

    Obamacare is not only hurting small businesses and economic growth. It might also give nearly a million low-income individuals a reason to leave work for welfare. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research by professors from Columbia University, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago argues that, … More

    Want to Rebuild Opportunity, Mr. President? Start with Welfare Reform

    In the kick-off to his most recent speaking tour, President Obama said the United States must “rebuild ladders of opportunity for all those Americans who haven’t quite made it yet.” But his economic policies have actually made it harder for many Americans to escape poverty and a welfare system that … More

    101 Million Americans Received Food Aid Last Year

    Nearly one-third of Americans received government-funded food aid in 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector has explained, there are roughly a dozen federal food assistance programs operating today. The USDA reports that 59 percent of households that … More

    Seven Reasons to Reform Food Stamps

    Food stamps were a popular topic of conversation last month as Congress debated the farm bill. This decades-old Great Society program is in much need of reform for at least seven reasons: Food stamp spending has surged. Costs have been climbing since the program began in the 1960s, recession or … More

    Sequestration? What Sequestration?

    President Obama claimed that millions of Americans would suffer if Congress failed to prevent the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts known ominously as “sequestration.” But according to David Fahrenthold and Lisa Rein of The Washington Post, sequestration “has not produced what the Obama administration predicted: widespread breakdowns in crucial … More

    National Employee Freedom Week: Informing Workers of Their Rights

    Rob Brough and John Cress are public school teachers in Pennsylvania. When they wanted to quit their teachers union because of its increasing politicization, they found out they had to continue to pay dues. Their union claimed that a “maintenance of membership” clause forbade them from leaving the union except … More

    Food Stamps Don’t Stimulate Economic Growth

    The number of Americans on food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at historic highs, but some on the left—like Paul Krugman—think that’s not such a bad thing because, as they argue, food stamps “stimulate” the economy: We desperately needed (and still need) public policies to promote … More

    The Facts about Food Stamps Everyone Should Hear

    A recent US News & World Report article set out to unveil the “facts” about food stamps. What are the so-called “facts”? For one, the article claims that the food stamps program is not “bloated,” but rather, the surge in participation and spending is a result of the program “doing … More

    Social Security Benefits and Cost of Living: Protecting Against Inflation

    Adopting the chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) in Social Security to more accurately account for changes in the cost of living is a small first step toward fixing a broken program that is currently accelerating its own demise by paying excess benefits. Fifty-seven million Americans receive Social Security benefits, and … More

    States Expand Welfare Drug Testing

    Governor Sam Brownback (R–KS) signed a law last month that requires drug screening for Kansas recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). It joins Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah as states with laws requiring some form of substance screening for welfare recipients. A 2007 study by … More