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    Meet the Man Who Got His Dead Mom's Social Security Benefits for 23 Years

    The 2014 omnibus bill contains an increase in funding for running the Social Security Administration (SSA). Maybe now they can stop paying Social Security benefits to dead people. According to a December Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, SSA systems do not accurately note and confirm the deaths of beneficiaries, resulting … More

    Convert Food Stamps to a Work Activation Program

    Earlier this summer, the House took an important step in separating the bloated farm bill into an agriculture-only bill and a food stamp bill, which was introduced yesterday. To make a stand-alone food stamp bill a truly worthwhile reform, it should include a mandatory work requirement for all able-bodied adults. … More

    Higher Premiums—Both Now and Later

    One of then-Senator Obama’s promises for Obamacare was a $2,500 premium reduction. But as we know, health insurance premiums continue to rise. Last week’s release of the annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey of employer-sponsored health coverage again illustrated Obamacare’s failure to reduce health costs. According to the survey, health insurance … More

    You Won’t Believe This Surfer Living the Food Stamps Dream

    This is Jason Greenslate’s typical day: “Wake up, go down to the beach, hang out with my friends, hit on some chicks, start drinking.” He also plays in a rock band. And he’s living off food stamps. He has no income—he’s not interested in getting a job—and he’s eating on … More

    How Are We Losing the War on Poverty?

    After trillions of dollars in welfare spending, “we’re losing the War on Poverty,” said Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) last week. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the famous “War on Poverty,” putting into place a multitude of government means-tested welfare programs and kicking off what has come to a … More

    Footnote Failure: Gap Between Productivity and Pay Is Overstated

      Paul Krugman and many others argue that compensation has not grown as fast as productivity. However, most of the apparent gap between the growth of pay and the growth of productivity is a statistical illusion. On the surface, the numbers appear to show pay and productivity diverging. Hourly wages … More

    Immigration: White House Report Ignores Unfair, Unworkable, and Costly Amnesty

    Today the White House released a report called “The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System,” detailing purported economic growth from immigration reform and drawing significantly on the Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate comprehensive immigration bill (S. 744). The White House’s report fails in several areas. Measures … More

    Disability and Unemployment: Putting an End to Double-Dipping

    The number of people on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) reached a record high this year. But a large number of people are double-dipping from both the disability insurance (DI) and unemployment insurance (UI) programs. A bill introduced last week would put an end to these overpayments, which unnecessarily drain the … More

    With Obamacare, What Happens in Massachusetts Won’t Stay in Massachusetts

    PriceWaterhouseCoopers recently released a study of Massachusetts’s experience with health care reform, claiming that under Obamacare most employers will not reduce or eliminate the health coverage they currently offer. However, there are at least three aspects the study did not directly address, all of which suggest that employers will, in fact, … More

    Boston Bombers Received Welfare Benefits

    According to the Boston Herald and other news sources, the family of the Boston Marathon bombers received large amounts of welfare benefits. This calls attention to the policy principle that immigrants should be net contributors to the government and society and should not be a fiscal burden on American society. … More