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    The Benefits of Marriage to Low-Income Americans Aren’t Just About the Combined Paycheck

    Is splitting costs such as housing in half the only advantage marriage brings to helping eradicate poverty? Slate’s Matt Yglesias suggested that yesterday, writing, “Marriage ‘lifts’ families out of poverty not by increasing their incomes but by reducing what the federal government assumes their expenses to be. Single people often … More

    Pope Francis and America’s Obligations to the Poor

    Americans are a generous and conscientious people, concerned with making sure that no one falls through the cracks and that everyone is given a fair shot at leading a thriving life. This is, perhaps, one reason why Pope Francis’s recent call for all of us to remember our obligations to … More

    5 Immigration Falsehoods from the White House

    Congress gets back to its regularly scheduled work on Monday—and there’s plenty of immigration propaganda greeting them. The falsehoods from the White House just keep on coming, and Catholic leaders have called for clergy to preach in support of the Senate-passed immigration overhaul this Sunday. On the White House blog, … More

    Dreaming of Equality of Opportunity, Not Outcome

    In the United States, dreams have a funny way of becoming reality. That’s what makes the American dream so powerful. It’s renewed, and usually achieved, in each new generation. It’s been more than 50 years now since Martin Luther King Jr. described his goal of equality of opportunity for all … 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

    White House Report Ignores That We Need a Better Economy, Not Amnesty

    The White House yesterday released a report with state-by-state projected impacts from “commonsense immigration reform” that is “like the Senate bill.” It is the latest in a series of reports from various governmental and private firms that show that the economy will be bigger with increased immigration. On its face, … 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

    CBO Report Shows Us Worse Off After Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

    If 10 guests of The Heritage Foundation each bought a bag of popcorn during one visit, and 20 guests bought the same size bag at a later date, Heritage would sell more popcorn the second time. Bill Beach, chief economist on the minority staff of the Senate Budget Committee, used … More

    WATCH: Discussion on the Cost of Amnesty

    Yesterday, the CBO released its score of the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. Heritage’s Derrick Morgan began analyzing the numbers immediately and saw major problems. The Gang of Eight bill: WILL NOT stop illegal immigration – Despite promises of a secure border, the bill would slow future illegal immigration by only 25 percent, according … More

    Morning Bell: Congress Is Trying to Fool You on Immigration

    Congress is trying to fool you. Here’s how they do business. A piece of legislation is going to cost trillions of dollars, but Members of Congress don’t want the public to see that. Instead, they have the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) look at the bill for just the first 10 … More