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    CHART: Paul Ryan Lays Out a Vision for Reforming Welfare, Fighting Poverty

    In his speech today at Cleveland State University, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) laid out a vision for reforming the nation’s approach to poverty. “With few exceptions, government’s approach has been to spend lots of money on centralized, bureaucratic, top-down anti-poverty programs,” Ryan stated. “The mindset behind this approach is that … More

    Is Marriage the Key to Prosperity?

    What’s the number one antidote to child poverty in America? Marriage. The truth is that children born to married-parent families are 82 percent less likely to live in poverty. The most effective weapon against child poverty is within our reach. Last week during the second presidential debate, former Governor Mitt … More

    Second Presidential Debate Recap: Top Tweets from Heritage

    A selection, in no particular order, of some of the top tweets — most retweeted and favorited — from Heritage staff during last night’s second presidential debate from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. If oil were subsidized like wind, it would get $50/bb from feds. herit.ag/ABVHrN — David Kreutzer (@dwkreutzer) … More

    What's Driving High Poverty Numbers?

    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual poverty numbers. It reports that 46.2 million Americans remain poor; the figure was unchanged from last year. The percentage of Americans who were poor remained at a near-record 15 percent. What we are sure to hear now is a cry from big-government … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Marriage Is the Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    New research shows that marriage is the nation’s best antidote to child poverty. This holds true in every state across the country. On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation introduced a new web page illustrating how marriage protects against child poverty. The new web page features 14 charts, a new Special Report … More

    Marriage: The Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    The collapse of marriage, along with a dramatic rise in births to single women, is the most important cause of childhood poverty—but government policy doesn’t reflect that reality, according to a special report released today by The Heritage Foundation. Nearly three out of four poor families with children in America … More

    Fareed Zakaria’s Poverty of Ideas

    Globe-trotting journalist Fareed Zakaria is on suspension from his posts at CNN and TIME magazine after he admitted to plagiarizing sections of a column on gun control. But the physical plagiarism isn’t the real problem with Zakaria’s work. He could have solved that with some quotation marks and a hyperlink. … More

    Obama Administration Already Tossed the Food Stamp Work Requirement

    The Obama Administration sure is getting defensive about its recent action to waive all work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash welfare program. But this isn’t the first time or the first program in which Obama Administration policy has undermined work requirements. The welfare reform of … More

    Farm Bill Misses Crucial Food Stamp Reform

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture appears to be on a mission to recruit food stamp participants. Radio advertisements, Spanish telenovelas (soap operas), and reaching across the border to partner with Mexico are some of the highlights of their advertising campaign. This, along with massive growth in program spending, indicates critical … More

    Morning Bell: The End of Welfare Reform As We Know It

    The Obama Administration made yet another end run around Congress last week—this time, to gut the successful welfare reform law of 1996. If this is allowed to stand, it will mean rewinding years of progress that lifted millions out of poverty. Before the 1996 reform, welfare was a one-way handout: … More