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  • It's Time for Welfare Programs to Require Work, Not Subsidize Idleness

    For a half century, Washington has endlessly enlarged the welfare state, piling one program on top of another, adding layer after layer of spending. In his State of the Union address Jan. 28, President Obama proposed yet another round of welfare spending. Since the beginning of the War on Poverty … More

    How the War on Poverty Was Lost

    On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson used his State of the Union address to announce an ambitious government undertaking. “This administration today, here and now,” he thundered, “declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” Fifty years later, we’re losing that war. Fifteen percent of Americans still live in … More

    Buyer Beware: White House Sells Amnesty with Dubious Keynesian Economics

    The White House last week released a report claiming that granting amnesty and citizenship to illegal immigrants would increase the income of Americans by $791 billion over the next decade. Most of this bump in income would go to the former illegal immigrants themselves, but the White House also claimed … More

    Morning Bell: Welfare Spending Shattering All-Time Highs

    It’s been a pretty big year for welfare—and a new report shows welfare is bigger than ever. The Obama Administration turned a giant spotlight on the welfare system in July when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proclaimed it had the authority to gut the work requirements from … More

    Clinton Defends Obama on Gutting of His Welfare Reform Law

    Last night, former President Bill Clinton claimed that President Obama had not gutted welfare reform. Clinton proclaimed that Obama would actually strengthen welfare reform by urging states to increase the number of people moving “from welfare to work” by 20 percent. What is Obama really doing? In July, the Obama … More

    Even More Bad News on Obama HHS Gutting Welfare Reform

    The Obama Administration has created a firestorm by claiming the authority to waive the work requirements of the popular 1996 welfare reform law. But the damage doesn’t stop there. The same July 12 guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that HHS will not approve policy … More

    Obama Administration Rebuffs Congressional Inquiry on Legality of Gutting Welfare Reform

    Two Members of Congress demanded an official explanation from Obama’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) for its gutting of welfare work requirements—and HHS responded by saying (in many more words), “Well, years ago, some Republicans tried to do this.” Except they didn’t. Not only did Secretary Kathleen Sebelius completely … More

    Obama Ends Welfare Reform as We Know It, Calls for $12.7 Trillion in New Welfare Spending

    Last Thursday, the Obama Administration quietly issued new bureaucratic rules that overturned the popular welfare reform law of 1996. This was an illegal move, and it completely undoes years of progress that helped millions of Americans. What Welfare Reform Accomplished The 1996 reform replaced the old Aid to Families with … More

    Obama Guts Welfare Reform

    Today, the Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that were the foundation of the reform law. The Obama directive bludgeons the letter and intent of the actual reform … More

    Poverty Measure a Gimmick to Equalize Incomes

    The Census Bureau’s new poverty measure is another tool in President Obama’s endless quest to “spread the wealth.” Although the media portray it as a more accurate measurement of poverty, in reality it deliberately severs all connection between “poverty” and actual deprivation. The new measure places income thresholds for poverty … More