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    Getting Americans Back to Helping Each Other

    Heritage distinguished fellow and former Assistant Secretary of State Kim R. Holmes, at a recent event for his new book Rebound: Getting America Back to Great, argued that America’s decline is not inevitable; there’s still a chance to turn things around. Today, America is one of the freest and most … More

    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

    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

    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

    Heritage's Ryan Anderson Addresses Regent University Graduation

    Hold a sense of personal responsibility over a sense of entitlement, Heritage scholar Ryan T. Anderson urged graduates on May 4 during the commencement address at Regent University. In a speech titled “Truth, Responsibility and Love,” Anderson exhorted the class of 2013 to consider their responsibilities in a world preoccupied … More

    Larry Arnn: Reclaim First Principles

    Americans must choose whether they will continue to allow government to erode liberty, or reclaim the first principles that have made America great. Heritage’s longtime president, Ed Feulner, who retired this week, succeeded in leaving the nation a legacy of arming citizens to defend those principles. Now, Americans must renew … 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

    Calvin Coolidge: Bigger Government Isn’t Better

    Amity Shlaes will be speaking about her new book Coolidge at Heritage tomorrow. It’s a great opportunity to learn why, when it comes to government, bigger isn’t better. Less than a century ago, the United States enjoyed an economic boom under the leadership of a quiet, restrained, and often forgotten … More