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    It's Time for Welfare Programs to Require Work, Not Subsidize Idleness

    For a half century, Washington has endlessly enlarged the welfare state, piling one program on top of another, adding layer after layer of spending. In his State of the Union address Jan. 28, President Obama proposed yet another round of welfare spending. Since the beginning of the War on Poverty … More

    Guess What Group is Getting Food Stamps at an Alarming Rate

    Food stamp rolls have been growing rapidly. But what many may not realize is that participation among able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) has been skyrocketing compared to the total number of participants. That’s just one reason Congress should reform the food stamp program in the farm bill now under consideration. … More

    Rubio: States, Not Washington, Should Lead Anti-Poverty Programs

    Florida senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) wants to see the states, not Washington, manage more of the programs directed at helping low-income Americans. “I am proposing that we turn Washington’s anti-poverty programs – and the trillions spent on them – over to the states,” the Florida Republican said in a … More

    How to Fight Poverty -- and Win

    When President Johnson launched the War on Poverty on Jan. 8, 1964, he pledged “not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Sadly, the half-century legacy of Johnson’s Great Society has not lived up to that noble goal. The War … 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

    How Obamacare Discourages Work and Marriage

    We were told that Obamacare was supposed to be compassionate toward the needy in America. While President Obama and his fellow liberals may have held the best of intentions while ramming Obamacare through Congress, the law’s policies are far from compassionate toward the uninsured and Americans with low and modest … More

    Obamaphones: Rife with Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

    Free cell phones for low-income Americans, one of the fastest growing welfare programs in the United States, is—by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) own admission—rife with “waste, fraud and abuse.” And who is paying for these free Obamaphones? If you have a phone subscription, you are. The program, officially called … More

    Americans Support Stronger Work Requirements for Food Stamps

    Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that the food stamps program should include stronger work requirements, according to the October Food Demand Survey (FooDS) out of Oklahoma State University. Other surveys similarly show that Americans support work requirements for welfare. A 2012 Rasmussen survey revealed that 83 percent of Americans favor … More

    The Story on November’s Food Stamps “Cuts”

    The latest buzz about food stamps is that benefit amounts will be “cut” beginning November 1. But what is this “cut”? Basically, it’s the benefit amount returning to the level it would have otherwise been if not for the 2009 stimulus. In 2009, President Obama’s stimulus package temporarily pumped extra … More

    Helping Addicts Off the Streets: A Legacy of Lives Restored

    Last week, the nation lost a true champion of civil society with the passing of Bob Coté. Thirty years ago, Coté launched Step 13, a facility/program for addicts and alcoholics in the midst of the skid-row section of Denver. There he was, available 24/7, and his presence was a continual … More