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    Ryan’s Budget on Welfare: Good Steps on Work, but Fails to Approach Total Welfare System

    When it comes to welfare, Paul Ryan’s budget takes some steps in the right direction. It has a work requirement, which is absolutely crucial to welfare reform. However, it fails to address the massive welfare system as a whole, a critical aspect to getting welfare spending back on track. Ryan’s … More

    It's Time To End Welfare for Big Business

    Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will release his House Republican budget next week, and one of its themes will be the fight against corporate welfare. Mr. Ryan says, “We can’t make the case to the American people that we are the reform party if we won’t reform the giant corporate-welfare … More

    Billions Wasted on “Improper” Food Stamp Payments

    According to a new report issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), $2.7 billion worth of improper food stamp payments were made in fiscal year (FY) 2012. That equals 3.8 percent of total food stamp benefit payouts for that year. The rate of improper food stamp payments has … More

    The Sneaky Way Three States Are Getting Around a New Food Stamp Reform

    Three states are trying to get around a new minor reform Congress made to the food stamp program. In the farm bill it passed earlier this month, Congress tightened a loophole dubbed “Heat and Eat” that has made it possible for states to artificially boost the amount of food stamp … More

    One Change That Would Actually Help Reduce Child Poverty

    The Children’s Defense Fund recently declared war on child poverty—despite the fact that we’re already 50 years and $20 trillion into a War on Poverty that hasn’t achieved its goals. What can be done to help poor children break through the cycle of poverty that many of them are born … More

    Record 20 Percent of Households on Food Stamps

    Recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that more than 23 million households—a record 20 percent—are now on food stamps. This is a dramatic increase from 15 million households in 2009. Part of the growth is no doubt due to the weak economy. But problematic policies have also … More

    Practical Solutions That Could Help Restore the American Dream

    “As governors, as state leaders, we’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington. We’re not just against something. We’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision. You don’t just sit back and nick the other side — you’ve got to lay out a plan.” That was Wisconsin Gov. Scott … More

    Lee Introduces Plan to Reform Welfare

    Sen. Mike Lee (R–UT) introduced legislation last week to make welfare meet needs more constructively while exercising fiscal responsibility. His new bill—whose House companion will be introduced by Rep. Jim Jordan (R–OH)—does three important things: Gets welfare spending under control. Welfare spending has increased by 16-fold since the War on … More

    The Real 'War on the Poor' Is Being Waged by Obama

    Republicans in Congress are being accused of fighting a “war on the war on poverty,” in part because of a tiny cut in the food stamps program last week. Democrats charge that these “cuts” will take food from the mouths of hungry children, and they claim this is an example … More

    National Marriage Week: Fight Poverty by Strengthening Marriage

    What’s one of the best ways to ensure a child is protected from poverty? Marriage. As such, it also helps protect families from ending up on welfare. Of the families on welfare in 2011, roughly three-quarters of them were headed by a single parent. Only 7 percent of married families … More