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    Food Stamps and Farm Programs: Some Things Just Don’t Go Together

    Sometimes things go better together than you’d think, such as bacon and chocolate, or Hall and Oates, however, not all combinations work. For years, some Members of Congress have thought that food stamps and farm programs—while very distinct from each other—are a great political fit. As Senator Thad Cochran (R–MS), … More

    Bloggers Briefing: Why the Farm Bill Is a Taxpayer's Worst Nightmare

    Congress is turning its attention to the farm bill this week, and if there’s ever a reason to unite against big government, this is a good time as any. Heritage Action’s Drew White reports the bill is chock full of special-interest handouts, market-distorting subsidies, and hundreds of billions of dollars in … More

    Uncle Sam Wants You... on Food Stamps?

    Across the country, states are courting participants for food stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) even has a webpage dedicated to helping states create “SNAP Outreach Plans.” The argument from the USDA is that “Food Stamps Make America Stronger” … More

    Morning Bell: Remember the Economy? It's Still Bad

    According to a poll earlier this year, voters have a higher opinion of cockroaches than Congressmen. President Obama’s personal popularity remains solid, but his job approval rating is going down. Why are our elected officials unpopular? It might just be because they are not listening. In poll after poll, the … More

    DeMint: Taxpayers Would Pay for Amnesty

    Now that the “Gang of Eight” has introduced a comprehensive immigration bill in the U.S. Senate, the cost to taxpayers of implementing amnesty for an estimated 11 million unlawful immigrants has come into focus. The core problem with amnesty is clear: It encourages more unlawful immigration in hopes of future … More

    Work Is the Best Way out of Poverty, Most Americans Agree

    Most Americans believe “work is the best solution for poverty,” according to a recent Rasmussen Report. A full 80 percent of Americans agree with this statement (9 percent disagree and 11 percent are undecided). Using work to fight poverty was the driving force behind the welfare reforms of 1996. Temporary … More

    What the Left Misunderstands about Poverty and Dependency

    Jim DeMint kicked off his first day as President of the Heritage Foundation with a letter celebrating the American spirit and lamenting the damage done to our national character by the Left’s limitless welfare state: “Liberal policies have destroyed families and communities and created dependence on government. Putting our society back … More

    WSJ: Food Stamp Rolls Remain High Despite Economic Improvement

    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported last week that even with improvements in the economy, food stamp participation rates have reached all-time highs. Since 2008, enrollment has increased by 70 percent, reaching a record 47.8 million this past December. Funding for the food stamp program—or, as it’s now called the … More

    Wisconsin Welfare Reform Promotes Self-Sufficiency

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) says welfare dependence is no measure of success when it comes to helping the poor. “Sadly, there are some in our nation’s capital who measure success in government by how many are dependent on the government,” said the governor. “Our mindset in Wisconsin is a … More

    Food Stamps Participation Hit Record Highs in 2012

    A record number of Americans received food stamps in 2012. Citing the latest statistics released by the Department of Agriculture, the Weekly Standard reported food stamp participation was at an average of 46,609,072 people every month of 2012. In December of last year, 47,791,996 people received food stamps, or one … More