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  • Renewed requirement of work for SNAP recipients produces predictable liberal backlash

    04/03/2016 6:32:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 3, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    There used to be a rule in place – part of the sadly abandoned movements toward welfare reform in the 80s and 90s – which required food stamps recipients to do at least some work in order to receive the benefits if they were childless and able bodied. That rule was suspended in most places since the beginning of the crash in 2007, but now that unemployment is allegedly back down to nominal levels and the economy is “stable” across most of the country, that exception is being rolled back. This, of course, has liberals up in arms. (WaPo) The...
  • The "Show Me State" shows taxpayers they're serious about stopping welfare fraud

    02/18/2016 6:08:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 18, 2016 | KRISTINA RIBALI
    Welfare fraud is an expensive problem that taxpayers everywhere are paying for, but in Missouri there is a movement in the state legislature to help stop the fraud. State Representative Marsha Haefner has filed legislation that “will allow the Department of Social Services to contract with a third party vendor and establish a eligibility verification system.” This is a central component of the Stop the Scam reforms being implemented recently in several other states. Modern technology allows multiple databases to be compared and can determine if people who are signed up for welfare services are actually qualify for taxpayer funded...
  • Tennessee legislation cracks down on welfare fraud

    02/11/2016 7:46:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | KRISTINA RIBALI
    Two key legislators and a broad coalition of representatives in Tennessee are fed up with the rampant welfare fraud in the Volunteer state. They’ve submitted legislation to protect those who truly need the support from the thieves and fraudsters that seek to take from the most vulnerable. Senators Kerry Roberts and Representative Dan Howell, have filed the “Act to Restore Hope, Opportunity and Prosperity for Everyone,” which aims to save the state more than $123 million each year by cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s welfare programs. "We want to make sure that money is available...
  • John Bel Edwards, the new Louisiana governor to undo welfare reform

    12/22/2015 2:06:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Hope and change is coming to Louisiana after the defeat of David Vitter last month. John Bel Edwards swept to victory by a double digit margin and let everyone know that he was going to start changing up the game. Now, well before he’s even taken the oath of office, Edwards is prepping for some of his first big reforms in the financially troubled state. One of the top items on his docket is getting rid of the work requirement for able bodied food stamp recipients. (WDSU News) Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards intends to remove work requirements that Gov....
  • Maine Doubles Down on Welfare Reform Despite Media Backlash

    11/20/2015 12:21:47 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | Nov. 19, 2015 | Madaline Donnelly
    Mary Mayhew, commissioner of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, knows her politics aren’t always popular. “I can’t stress enough what an attack campaign it has been from the media for four and a half years,” Mayhew said Thursday at an anti-poverty forum in Washington, D.C., hosted by The Heritage Foundation. Then there are the more personalized critiques: “There is a poet, or he calls himself a poet, and he sends me poems all the time,” she added. “They are not nice poems.” Mayhew claims that detractors—who mostly take issue with welfare reforms enacted by Gov. Paul LePage, a...
  • Pundit's Death Marks End of An Era for Democrats

    07/03/2015 7:25:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81. He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years ago, my office just a few doors down from where Ben used to work.) Ben was one of the last star pundits of what might be called the Old Order, before cable news and the Internet transformed the landscape. When everyone was rushing to CNN to shout at each other on "Crossfire," he launched a PBS show called "Think...
  • Ten Welfare-Reform Lessons (From New York City)

    04/14/2014 7:01:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/14/2014 | Robert Doar
    New York Citys welfare system is managed out of a boxy 25-story office building on Water Street in Lower Manhattan. Approximately 5,000 employees work there, directing government programs that provide billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded assistance to the poor and near-poor. A solid majority of the workers at 180 Water Street are African-American or Latino; their voter registration is almost certainly overwhelmingly Democratic; and all but about 300 of them are union members. But from 1995 until this past December, the people who worked in New Yorks principal social-services agency were leading one of the most conservative and successful welfare...
  • Echoes of Clinton in Social Democrats' welfare reform bid

    02/12/2014 10:45:22 AM PST · by managusta · 1 replies
    The Local (Swedish) ^ | 04 Feb 2014 | Dr. Nima Sanandaji
    In my last column, I discussed the difficulties of distinguishing between right and left in Swedens election politics, at least when it comes to the Social Democrats. The example I used is how the party recently promised to cut the scope of the Swedish central government by 10 billion kronor ($1.5 billion). But it doesnt stop there. The Social Democrats have gone from challenging the scope of government bureaucracy to criticizing over utilization of the social safety net. The Social Democrats in the capital region of Stockholm recently published a "Contract for the future for the Stockholm region". The...
  • The Reagan Resolve, Part III: Welfare Reform

    02/05/2014 3:38:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2014 | Robert Knight
    In celebration of the Gipper's birthday, Townhall is featuring a series of concise examples of Mr. Reagan's wisdom, mostly in his own words, drawn from The Reagan Resolve, a monograph compiled by the Carleson Center for Welfare Reform. Ronald Reagan recognized that the expansion of the welfare state was the greatest threat to federalism, and fighting it was a driving force throughout his political career. California in 1971 was heading toward bankruptcy because of the massive growth in welfare spending. As Governor, Reagan discovered he was greatly hampered by federal welfare rules and policies. But, working with his welfare...
  • Obama Is Embarrassed by Obamacare

    07/09/2013 8:04:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Barack Obama assured us that, after his signature legislation Obamacare went into effect, we would surely like it. Now Obama has decided he doesn't want us to find out how it affects us until after the 2014 elections. Obamacare is designed to force employers of 50 or more full-time employees to provide comprehensive health insurance that includes a mandate to pay for an abortion-inducing drug. The penalty for non-compliance is a tax of $2,000 per fulltime employee per year (beyond the first 30), and the Internal Revenue Service was supposed to start collecting the penalties on Jan. 1. Obama apparently...
  • GOP Trying to Put an End to Obama's Welfare Waivers

    03/01/2013 12:36:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    So, remember last summer when the Obama administration unveiled its new plans to completely change requirements to receive welfare, yeah well Republicans are finally taking up efforts again to put a stop to it. This policy allows states to apply for waivers under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or welfare reform, in order to test new ways to increase employment among welfare recipients. In essence, that means that a state could make its way around the Welfare to Work policy. Welfare to work requires welfare recipients prove that they are making an effort to find work in...
  • Obama Inaugural: Full of Audacity, but Little Hope

    01/24/2013 6:39:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Commentators both left and right agree that Barack Obama's second inaugural speech Monday was highly partisan, with shout outs to his constituencies on the left and defiance of his critics on the right. Obama quoted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and made brief reference to Abraham Lincoln's sublime Second Inaugural ("blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword"). But there was not much in the way of "with malice toward none, with charity for all." There were more references than in many inaugural speeches to specific programs and policies. One interesting question is what the practical effect...
  • Your Money at Work: Welfare Cash Spent on Strippers, Booze and Porn Shops

    01/07/2013 6:26:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    If you earn a middle class paycheck like a lot of Americans do, you saw your Social Security taxes increase last week thanks to the so called fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Considering the system is totally broke, losing that extra cash to the government "lock box" makes you think about where that money, and the rest of your tax dollars are actually going. The New York Post has discovered through an investigation that welfare recipients using EBT cards (which work like debit cards filled with taxpayer money, just swipe and buy)...
  • Perverse Welfare Incentives

    12/10/2012 8:23:52 AM PST · by eagleye85
    Eagleye Blog ^ | December 10, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    What if you had to choose between your child learning to read and making ends meet each month? Before child labor laws were passed, the solution for the poor seemed to be to pull kids out of schools and place them to work in factories or other employment. For some today, argues Nicholas D. Kristof in a recent column, the solution may be to make sure their kids dont learn to read. That way the parents can continue to collect Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks. This is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill country...
  • Back To A Culture of Dependency

    09/20/2012 3:09:51 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 2 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | September 20, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides means-based cash assistance to families, but requires that states ensure a certain percentage of recipients are working or looking for a job, also known as workfare requirements. Robert Rector points out in his recent backgrounder for the Heritage Foundation that, according to Health and Human Services 2011 data, 41.6% of households on TANF are exempt from federal work requirements. 31.6% percent of adults on TANF were idle and only 14.3% of these adult recipients met the federal activity standard, or workfare requirements, according to Rector. The same HHS Department issued a directive this...
  • GAO confirms Obama administration overstepped bounds in welfare law changes (So who are the liars?)

    09/06/2012 10:52:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 5, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    The Obama administrations efforts at extending executive authority were dealt a setback on Tuesday. The bipartisan Government Accountability Office flagged the administrations end run around Congress in its July memo announcing changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) act, aka welfare reform. The GAO said that the White House needs to give Congress the chance to block its plan that permits states to tweak the work requirements that needy families must satisfy in order to receive government assistance under the program. The official word came in the form of a letter to lawmakers from GAOs general counsel, Lynn...
  • 100 Million Americans now on some form of welfare

    08/09/2012 6:49:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/09/2012 | Rick Moran
    The future? Or simply the high point of dependency before a reverse?That's what the election will be about.The Weekly Standard: A new chart set to be released later today by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee details a startling statistic: "Over 100 Million People in U.S. Now Receiving Some Form Of Federal Welfare." "The federal government administers nearly 80 different overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs," the Senate Budget Committee notes. However, the committee states, the figures used in the chart do not include those who are onlybenefitingfrom Social Security and/or Medicare.Food stamps and Medicaid make up a...
  • Women, white people: Is that what campaign 2012 is coming down to?

    08/09/2012 6:23:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 8/9/12 | David Lauter
    President Obama appeals to women by pushing the issue of access to contraceptives, while Mitt Romney accuses him of watering down welfare reform an issue that tends to stir up feelings about race among whites. With the election still locked in a near-tie, the politics of gender and race have moved into the spotlight of the presidential campaign. For most of the summer, the debate has focused on two things: the state of the economy and Mitt Romney's background in business. But in recent days, the two campaigns have added new, sharp-edged issues to the mix.
  • 'Mad Dog' Harry Reid

    08/09/2012 7:17:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    To call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a "mad dog," as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank did, is an affront to the canine community and those suffering from legitimate mental illness. Reid was completely sane when he spread hearsay about an anonymous Bain Capital investor who allegedly told him Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. Doesn't Reid, a Mormon like Romney, subscribe to the prohibition in the Ninth Commandment: "Thou shall not bear false witness"? He appears to pay no political price because he's a Democrat and unlike Joe McCarthy, to whom some are comparing him, no prominent...
  • Obamas Attack on Workfare

    08/09/2012 6:04:02 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 4 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | August 8, 2012 | Robert Rector
    President Obama has created a firestorm by overturning the work requirements of the popular 1996 welfare-reform law. Now his White House is bristling because Mitt Romney dares to point out that fact on the stump and in a new campaign ad. Obamas move is only the latest step in a long history of liberal opposition to work requirements. The Left blocked welfare-reform efforts under both Presidents Nixon and Reagan, for example. In 1996, a Republican Congress drafted a welfare-reform law Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) that for the first time established meaningful work standards for welfare recipients....
  • Obama Guts Welfare Reform, But CNN Wields Liberal Talking Points to Say Otherwise

    08/08/2012 5:35:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    NewsBuster.org ^ | August 8, 2012 | Matt Hadro
    CNN relied on liberal analysis and Democratic talking points to dismantle a new Romney campaign claim about Obama gutting welfare reform. On Wednesday morning the network twice cited PolitiFact calling Romney's new ad "Pants on Fire" and quoted former President Clinton calling it false. As NewsBusters reported, the July HHS directive does away with work requirements for welfare recipients, which was at the heart of the 1996 welfare reform bill. The memo would allow states to creatively redefine the work requirements and replace them with excuses for "work." Not so, says CNN, who even resorted to quoting former Democratic President...
  • Bill Clinton slams Romney 'misleading' welfare ad

    08/08/2012 7:29:20 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/7/2012 | MAGGIE (THE BIGOT) HABERMAN
    Bill Clinton, after steering clear of the flap over Mitt Romney using him in an ad in which he accused President Obama of trying to "gut" the 1996 welfare reform act, responds tonight with a statement rapping the Republican: "Governor Romney released an ad today alleging that the Obama administration had weakened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. That is not true. "The act emerged after years of experiments at the state level, including my work as Governor of Arkansas beginning in 1980. When I became President, I granted waivers from the old law to 44 states...
  • Romney camp argues welfare reform shows how Obama more liberal than Clinton

    08/07/2012 1:00:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 7, 2012 | Alex Pappas
    Mitt Romneys presidential campaign says Barack Obamas gutting of welfare reform shows how the president is much more liberal than former Democratic President Bill Clinton. President Obama apparently believes that Bill Clinton was way too conservative, said Ted Cruz, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Texas, in a Tuesday conference call organized by the Romney campaign. The campaign plans to start running television ads about Obamas dismantling of bipartisan welfare reform passed during the Clinton administration in 1996, Romney officials said Tuesday. In June, the Obama administration issued a memo removing work requirements for welfare recipients that were...
  • Romney launching new attack on Obama over welfare law (Obama to allow welfare for just laziness)

    08/07/2012 3:34:50 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    reuters ^ | 8/7/2012 | Steve Holland
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will launch a new attack against President Barack Obama on Tuesday, taking aim at the Democrat's plan to waive parts of a landmark welfare-to-work law. Romney is targeting Obama's plan to let states seek a waiver from the work requirements of a 1996 welfare law that was a signature bipartisan achievement of former Democratic President Bill Clinton's administration. Romney's attack, laid out in a new television ad and a topic he will address at a campaign event in the Chicago area, is aimed at bolstering his charge that Obama's solutions to many of America's...
  • Endangered Welfare Reform - Is the Obama administration targeting the most successful poverty...?

    07/23/2012 7:18:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | 22 July 2012 | Kay S. Hymowitz
    Is the Obama administration targeting the most successful poverty-reduction program in decades?Most bureaucrats make a virtue of obfuscation, but the Department of Health and Human Services has taken that tendency to new heights with a recent “Information Memorandum” easing the requirements of the 1996 welfare-reform law. To hear President Obama’s supporters tell it, the administration is simply tweaking the hugely popular and largely successful law. Opponents, on the other hand, believe that the administration is preparing to shred a bill painstakingly written, duly passed, and, over time, reauthorized by an elected Congress. Given the history of poverty policy in the...
  • White House: Obama Not Gutting Welfare Reform, GOP Criticism 'Hypocrisy' (Carney lies)

    07/18/2012 3:02:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 18, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied the Obama administration was trying to undermine the work requirements of the 1996 welfare reform law and said the Department of Health and Human Services waiver proposal is similar to what Republican lawmakers backed in the last decade. Late last week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced plans to unilaterally without approval from Congress move to grant waivers to states from the work requirements that were a key element of welfare reform passed by a Republican Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. The act...
  • Obamas Gutting of Welfare Reform Is Illegal

    07/16/2012 5:47:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 7/16/2012 | Todd Gaziano and Robert Alt
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a General Counsel and legal staff to ensure that the agencys actions are lawful. Did they take the day off last Thursday?We have to question whether the department lawyers were consulted at all about the Information Memorandum issued by HHS last Thursday that invites states to come up with creative excuses (aka demonstration projects) to suspend the work requirements in the welfare reform law.Given the clear, unambiguous, and binding legal prohibition for that type of waiver, if they were consulted, the lawyers involved were embarrassingly careless in approving language that is...
  • The Return of Welfare as We Know It

    07/16/2012 5:05:59 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 14 replies
    When Republicans controlled Congress and Bill Clinton sat as president of the United States, one of the signature bills of the era was passed: welfare reform. No longer could someone just sit around and collect checks. Someone receiving government assistance was required to work. The bill was touted as "the end of welfare as we know it." Guess what? It's back, and it's back because Barack Obama would rather have people sit around than work. As noted in The Daily Caller: The Department and Health and Human Services announced the agency will issue waivers for the federal work requirement of...
  • Obama: FreeLoaders Can FreeLoad - Another Tax Increase on You and Me: Every Entitlement is a Tax

    07/14/2012 6:53:14 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 10 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-14-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The wail across the vast, reasonable U.S. citizenry has been dismay and outrage that Barack Obama undid then-President Bill Clinton's Welfare Reform, which was worked-out with Congress and voted upon and passed by both Chambers of Congress. With a few words, maybe written, but with no name other than a "policy directive," freeloaders may continue to freeload, living on your money and mine, with no need to provide for themselves - no need to show up at employment agencies, no need to find temporary work - no need to do anything but whip out the EBT card and cash the...
  • Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It

    07/14/2012 7:53:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/14/2012 | Robert Rector & Katherine Bradley
    This afternoon, President Obamas Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive undermining the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that have been the foundation of that law one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the 20th century. Welfare reform replaced the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children with a new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The underlying concept of welfare reform was that able-bodied adults should be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving welfare aid. The...
  • Obama administration guts welfare reform with new HHS rule

    07/13/2012 10:30:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Obama administration guts welfare reform with new HHS rule 11:05 AM 07/13/2012 The Department and Health and Human Services announced the agency will issue waivers for the federal work requirement of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program considered a central facet of welfare reform in 1996 Thursday. The Information Memorandum states that the agency will be issuing waivers for TANFs work participation requirements for parents and caretakers as a way to find new approaches to better employment outcomes. While the TANF work participation requirements are contained in section 407, section 402(a)(1)(A)(iii) requires that the state plan...
  • Morning Bell: Obamas Imperial Presidency Guts Welfare Reform

    07/13/2012 7:39:33 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | July 13, 2012 | Amy Payne
    The imperial Presidency has overturned Congress and the law again. Not content to stop at rewriting immigration policy, education policy and energy policy, yesterday, President Obamas Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that were the foundation of the Clinton-era reform. While this real news occurred yesterday, most of the media remained fixated on political ads and speeches, letting a major and unilateral shift in Americas welfare system go nearly unreported. Welfare reform replaced the old Aid to Families with...
  • Obama Guts Welfare Reform

    07/12/2012 2:43:10 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 33 replies
    The Foundry (Heritage Foundation) ^ | July 12, 2012 | Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley
    Today, the Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that were the foundation of the reform law. The Obama directive bludgeons the letter and intent of the actual reform legislation. Welfare Reform under Clinton Welfare reform replaced the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children with a new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The underlying concept of welfare reform was that able-bodied adults should be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving...
  • Can't Feed 'Em? Don't Breed Em!

    04/15/2012 6:04:43 PM PDT · by evilrooster · 27 replies
    "Can't Feed'Em? Don'Breed'Em" - -Wonkette.comApril 15, 2010 Seems like soundadvice to me.Advice that even my liberal friendscan agree with. I mean,isn't that whatthe "Pro-Choice" movement is all about?Allowingwomen a "choice"when a mistakeis made, whenthat mistakerains onfuture plans or worse yet, whena womancannot afford tosupport thatmistake?Strangely enough,liberals and conservativescan reachcommon ground.Theyjust disagreeonhow to get there. LiberalsarePro-Choice,whichaffords onethe opportunityto"fix" a mistake,while conservatives, for the most part, arePro-Life, preferring abstinence instead. Liberalssubscribe to the belief thatgovernment should providefor their contraceptive needs, whileconservativesdon't believein fundingprotectionagainst one'ssexualexploits.At thecore, however, remains the common beliefthat one shouldnot breedchildren if one cannot afford children. As I said,...
  • Newt Gingrich just one player in welfare reform

    01/10/2012 8:26:43 AM PST · by SmileRight · 8 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/10/2012 | Kingsley Guy
    Welfare reform has been touted by Bill Clinton as one of the great achievements of his administration. But hold on a minute. GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says its one of his major successes as speaker of the House. Rick Santorum, whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has been resuscitated by the Iowa Caucuses, even claims to have been an author of the landmark welfare-to-work legislation. With all those claiming paternity, Im reminded of the proverb: Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Unfortunately, the name of former U.S. Rep. E. Clay Shaw, who represented South Florida...
  • Jim DeMint Offers Welfare Reform Plan (Dear SuperCommittee, it saves $2.4 Trillion)

    11/17/2011 7:06:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/17/2011 | By Betsy Woodruff
    A group of Republican senators has proposed a plan to reform welfare not so much because they expect it to succeed, but to make an important point: that the deficit supercommittee can meet its $1.2 trillion goal without raising taxes. I think theres kind of an acceptance that as long as theres Democratic control of the Senate, were not going to pass anything good, said Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), one of the bills cosponsors. Our point here is to show that there is a lot of money that we could save and deal with our deficit in a...
  • UK: 1 million to lose incapacity benefits under Coalition reforms

    11/07/2011 11:53:29 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/8/2011 | Tim Ross
    Almost one million people will be stripped of their incapacity benefit payments and forced to look for jobs under major reforms to the welfare system over the next three years, research has found. The Coalitions tougher rules on who can claim incapacity allowances will be felt most strongly in Labours heartlands of the north of England, Scotland and Wales, according to the study, which criticised the plan. The report from Sheffield Hallam University, in the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Cleggs constituency, warned that that vast numbers of people will be impoverished and left in distress as a result of the...
  • We can't blame the poor for America's poverty problem: Can't work when there aren't jobs

    09/17/2011 8:03:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Week ^ | September 14, 2011 | David Frum
    When the U.S. adopted welfare reform in the 1990s, it did so on the following assumption: Some kind of work is available to virtually everybody who wants it.Maybe the work is poorly paid. Fine. Take the job anyway, and the government will top up your wages with an Earned Income Tax Credit.By the late 1990s, we were discovering the limits of welfare reform. Because of substance abuse, mental health issues, disability, and cognitive impairments, some people were not going to participate in even the tightest labor market since the mid-1960s. What to do about this hard core of unemployables? Should...
  • No U-turn over housing benefit: Cameron refuses to back down over cap amid 'social cleansing claims'

    10/27/2010 3:21:47 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 4:21 PM on 27th October 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    David Cameron today defended the Government's plans to limit housing benefit, saying it was not fair for working people to see their taxes used to fund homes 'they couldn't even dream of'. The Prime Minister dismissed reports there could be a climbdown over the proposals, telling Labour leader Ed Miliband: 'We are going forward with all the proposals we put in the spending review and in the Budget'.
  • Republican Welfare Reform

    08/22/2010 7:58:12 AM PDT · by Michael Zak · 4 replies
    Grand Old Partisan ^ | August 22, 2010 | Michael Zak
    In 1996, the Republican-controlled 104th Congress passed the GOP's Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act. President Bill Clinton, reluctantly, signed it on August 26 after vetoing it twice. This reform measure allowed state governments to craft their own welfare programs provided they followed certain guidelines. Welfare would no longer be an entitlement, and those recipients able to work would be required to seek employment. No longer would states have financial incentives to add as many people to the welfare rolls as possible. The law has made significant progress in rolling back Democrat policies that for generations had trapped poor people...
  • What Social Science Doesand DoesntKnow - Our scientific ignorance of the human condition...

    08/02/2010 10:10:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 3+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2010 | Jim Manzi
    Our scientific ignorance of the human condition remains profound.In early 2009, the United States was engaged in an intense public debate over a proposed $800 billion stimulus bill designed to boost economic activity through government borrowing and spending. James Buchanan, Edward Prescott, Vernon Smith, and Gary Becker, all Nobel laureates in economics, argued that while the stimulus might be an important emergency measure, it would fail to improve economic performance. Nobel laureates Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz, on the other hand, argued that the stimulus would improve the economy and indeed that it should be bigger. Fierce debates can be...
  • VIDEO: Welfare Can And Must Be Reformed

    07/01/2010 1:31:49 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 3 replies
    Heritage.org - "The Foundry" ^ | June 30, 2010 | Brandon Stewart
    Here is another outstanding video from Heritage.org on the reform no one is talking about, but the one that is desperately needed: Welfare Reform. Brandon Stewart at Heritages, The Foundry blog, has all the information on how Welfare Can and Must be Reformed. Great video!
  • Another Modest Proposal - Replacement Rate Welfare Funding... - Vanity

    03/23/2010 9:11:21 PM PDT · by GraceG · 2 replies · 187+ views
    GraceG
    Ok, I have thought that ever since the whole debacle of the Obama care crap, what sort of reform that could be pushed through that would slip past the liberals but help cut money on social programs. Well I thought about it the other night when they were doing a story on the "replacement rate" when concerning demographics. My Solution: "Replacement Rate Based Welfare Benefits" The Logic behind this simply goes like this: The government seems to be looking out for Number One these days and that means the Government in general. Would it not be "progressive" that the government...
  • Obama is Ending Welfare (Reform) as We Know it

    03/01/2010 7:34:19 AM PST · by Wolf13 · 24 replies · 1,435+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-1-10 | Gary Bauer
    Barack Obama came to the presidency promising to be America's first post-partisan president. It is, therefore, ironic that one of his signature achievements has been to roll back one of the great bipartisan triumphs of the last two decades. Under the guise of helping unemployed Americans in a tough economy, the Obama administration and its congressional allies are reversing the 1996 welfare reforms that have been lauded as an overwhelming success by Republicans and Democrats alike for lifting millions of Americans from poverty. Before welfare reform, under the federal assistance program called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), the...
  • David Brooks: The Harlem Miracle

    05/09/2009 10:03:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,333+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 8, 2009 | DAVID BROOKS
    The fight against poverty produces great programs but disappointing results. You go visit an inner-city school, job-training program or community youth center and you meet incredible people doing wonderful things. Then you look at the results from the serious evaluations and you find that these inspiring places are only producing incremental gains. Thats why I was startled when I received an e-mail message from Roland Fryer, a meticulous Harvard economist. It included this sentence: The attached study has changed my life as a scientist. Fryer and his colleague Will Dobbie have just finished a rigorous assessment of the charter schools...
  • Maine's many wasteful programs.

    02/21/2009 12:36:52 PM PST · by mainestategop · 9 replies · 594+ views
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    Other states in America have jobs, homes that are affordable, opportunities for climbing the economic ladder and friendly down to Earth people who are good and righteous individuals. Then there are Liberal Democrat states colored in blue which reflects how blue things are there like in Maine. Maine has the distinction of being the worst place to set up a business and has like Michigan the worst job market in the country. It is the 3rd poorest state in the nation, it has the largest state government rivaled only by California, (pending the cuts to their budget of course) and...
  • 1998 Vid Shows How Obama Poverty Pimps Welfare / Enslavement of the Poor (video)

    02/18/2009 7:32:36 AM PST · by nysuperdoodle · 1 replies · 327+ views
    Evil Conservative Radio ^ | 18 Feb 09 | EC
    This video shows how our Dear Leader has been working since at least 1998 against the idea of welfare reform, preferring to control people's lives through an endless intergenerational cycle of poverty and hopelessness.
  • Evidence Unearthed Obamas Plan All Along Was to Repeal Clinton 96 Welfare Reform

    02/16/2009 9:53:03 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 1,201+ views
    youtube.com ^ | Feb. 16, 2009
    Evidence Unearthed Obamas Plan All Along Was to Repealed Clinton 96 Welfare Reform, which he just did with the Stimulus Package Evidence Unearthed, Obamas original plan to repeal Clinton 96 Welfare Reform was a success Obama also reveals his views on Americas perceptions of Race and the Poor Buried deep in the stimulus plan is the repeal of Clintons 96 Welfare Reform
  • Evidence Unearthed Obama’s Plan All Along Was to Repealed Welfare Reform

    02/16/2009 8:02:03 PM PST · by Pacothecat · 26 replies · 2,059+ views
    you tube ^ | Naked Emperor News
    Evidence Unearthed Obamas Plan All Along Was to Repealed Clinton 96 Welfare Reform, which he just did with the Stimulus Package http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEhsjAcGayA&feature=channel_page
  • Ann Coulter: GOODBYE, AMERICA! IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED (Closing in on Quadrillion)

    02/11/2009 2:48:40 PM PST · by Syncro · 54 replies · 3,078+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | Feb 11, 2009 | Ann Coulter
    GOODBYE, AMERICA! IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTEDFebruary 11, 2009It's bad enough when illiterate jurors issue damages awards in the billions of dollars because they don't grasp the difference between a million and a billion. Now it turns out the Democrats don't know the difference between a million and a trillion. Why not make the "stimulus bill" a kazillion dollars? All Americans who work for a living, or who plan to work for a living sometime in the next century, are about to be stuck with a trillion-dollar bill to fund yet more oppressive government bureaucracies. Or as I call...