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    Food Stamps Part of What Makes America Exceptional, Says the Left

    One in seven Americans is on food stamps. According to the left, this high rate of participation is part of what makes America exceptional. So boasts liberal political commentator Alan Colmes in Monday’s Wall Street Journal op-ed “How Democrats Made America Exceptional.” Since the food stamps program began in the … More

    VIDEO: Heritage's Robert Rector Sets the Record Straight on Welfare Reform

    The so-called “fact checkers” are acting more like President Obama’s surrogates than independent analysts. On issue after issue, they’re simply ignoring the facts. And when it comes to the Obama administration’s changes to welfare reform, they’re getting it wrong over and over again. Ever since July 12, when the Department … More

    Morning Bell: Media "Fact Checkers" Promote Obama's Gutting of Welfare Reform

    Since Heritage’s Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley broke the story on July 12 that the Obama Administration had gutted the work requirements from the 1996 welfare reform law, the Administration has denied it. In recent weeks, media “fact checks” have popped up all over declaring The Heritage Foundation’s scoop “False.” … 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

    Heritage Legal Memo: Welfare Reform's Work Requirements Cannot Be Waived

    The Obama Administration is denying that it has gutted the work requirements from the 1996 welfare reform law, despite all evidence that it has. Heritage is going in-depth with analysis of the law and the reasoning Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gives for rewriting it. A new … More

    Gingrich Blasts 'Radical' Obama's Drive to Illegally Gut Welfare Reform

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was instrumental in passing welfare reform in the 1990s, blasted President Obama’s attempt to gut the law in a conference call on Wednesday. “Hard-core liberals like Barack Obama were deeply opposed to the bill,” Gingrich said, referring to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Denies Gutting Welfare Reform

    The Obama Administration came out swinging against its critics on welfare reform yesterday, with Press Secretary Jay Carney saying the charge that the Administration gutted the successful 1996 reform’s work requirements is “categorically false” and “blatantly dishonest.” Even former President Bill Clinton, who signed the reform into law, came out … More

    U.S. Welfare System Fails to Support Work

    Last Monday in The Washington Post, Charles Lane drew attention to the need for getting work incentives right in federal policy. “The Americans with Disabilities Act…enshrines the notion that every American can and should hold a job,” he pointed out, but the Social Security Disability Insurance “creates a quasi-right not … More

    Welfare Work Requirements Respect Human Dignity

    The Obama Administration has effectively gutted the work requirements of the bipartisan welfare reforms of 1996. In doing so, it is trampling on the central policy that made welfare reform work. The lesson for policymakers from those reforms was that good principles, good policy, and good results go hand in … More

    Rise in Food Stamps Part of Growing Dependence on Washington

    America was supposed to be the land of self-government. Citizens were to govern themselves politically and morally. But such an independent citizen is proving to be less common every year. Now, more people than ever before depend on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid, or other assistance. … More