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    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

    Poverty: Americans Blame Welfare

    Americans say government welfare is the biggest reason for poverty, according to a new Wall Street Journal and NBC News poll. “Given a list of eight factors and asked to choose the one most responsible for the continuing problem of poverty, 24 percent of respondents in the poll chose ‘too … More

    Food Stamps Don’t Stimulate Economic Growth

    The number of Americans on food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at historic highs, but some on the left—like Paul Krugman—think that’s not such a bad thing because, as they argue, food stamps “stimulate” the economy: We desperately needed (and still need) public policies to promote … 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

    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

    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

    The No-Surprise Senate Budget: Higher Spending, Higher Taxes, No Real “Balance”

    After going nearly four years without producing a budget resolution, Senate Democrats today released a plan confirming their mantra about “balanced” approaches has nothing to do with actually balancing the budget. In their view, “balance” is a mix of higher taxes and higher spending, chronic deficits and debt, and a … More

    Senator Sessions Makes Case for Freeing People from Welfare

    “No longer can we measure compassion by how much we spend on poverty but how many people we help to lift out of poverty,” says Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL). Since the War on Poverty began back in the 1960s, the federal government has spent nearly $20 trillion (adjusting for inflation) … More

    Top 10 Heritage Charts of 2012

    If you’ve read our work, you probably know we love charts. Our signature products — the Index of Economic Freedom and Federal Budget in Pictures — include some amazing informational graphics. We also showcase our charts weekly on The Foundry and in many of our research papers. Today we bring … More

    Morning Bell: Are We Helping Poor Americans?

    At the end of the year, many people take time to make charitable donations. But caring for those in need is a year-round responsibility—and when it comes to public policy, conservatives have an important opportunity to articulate an effective response to poverty and social breakdown in America. A half-century into … More