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  • Backgrounder posted July 25, 2012 by Robert Rector, Katherine Bradley Reforming the Food Stamp Program

    Abstract: The food stamp program is due for reauthorization as part of a new farm bill. It is the second most expensive means-tested aid program, increasing from $19.8 billon in 2000 to $84.6 billion in 2011, and President Barack Obama has proposed a budget to keep food stamp spending at sharply elevated levels for the next decade. The national debt has topped $16…

  • Kiki Bradley on Welfare and Poverty: A Heritage in Focus Special Podcast Audio Recorded on June 23, 2010 Kiki Bradley on Welfare and Poverty: A Heritage in Focus Special Podcast

    Kiki Bradley discusses her upcoming paper, co-written with Robert Rector, on welfare and poverty.…

  • WebMemo posted March 21, 2010 by Katherine Bradley Expanding the Failed War on Poverty: Obama’s 2011 Budget Increases Welfare Spending to Historic Levels

    On March 16, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in the United States. He created large-scale national programs aimed at helping the poor and needy that consumed nearly 1.2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). The programs were meant to be temporary, short-term investments. Instead they have become permanent fixtures in government…

  • WebMemo posted February 25, 2010 by Katherine Bradley, Robert Rector How President Obama’s Budget Will Demolish Welfare Reform

    President Obama’s budget seeks to overturn the fundamental principles of welfare reform. To accomplish this, his budget would: Create a new funding system to reward states for increasing the size of their welfare caseloads; and Eliminate the only remaining federal program to strengthen marriage at a time when the unwed birth rate is approaching 40…

  • WebMemo posted December 22, 2009 by Katherine Bradley Twelve Anti-Family Gifts from Congress

    As Congress wraps up its final business for the year, there are at least a dozen detrimental policies included in the omnibus spending bill recently signed into law by the President. Taken as a whole, these policies devalue human life, weaken civil society, and undermine the family. Unfortunately, these provisions have largely gone unnoticed by the general…

  • WebMemo posted November 9, 2009 by Katherine Bradley, Chuck Donovan Revenge of the Dirty Dozen: 12 Policies that Undermine Civil Society

    Last April, The Heritage Foundation released a WebMemo titled "The Dirty Dozen: 12 New Policies That Undermine Civil Society."[1] Seven months later, many of these policies being advocated by Congress and the President have moved closer to becoming law. In addition, several new issues have emerged that deserve illumination. Taken as a whole, these policies serve to…

  • WebMemo posted July 24, 2009 by Katherine Bradley, Christine Kim The Case for Maintaining Abstinence Education Funding

    The President's budget for Fiscal Year 2010 would eliminate abstinence education funding. The Obama Administration has instead requested the creation of yet another comprehensive sex education program, the "Teen Pregnancy Prevention" program. The House of Representatives has included this request in their annual appropriations bill that is now moving through Congress. …

  • WebMemo posted June 19, 2009 by Katherine Bradley, Robert Rector Stronger Welfare Work Requirements Can Help Ailing State Budgets

    As many states face budget shortfalls, several states are cutting their welfare programs during the trimming process. California is contemplating cutting its entire welfare/cash assistance program, while Arizona and Rhode Island have already passed budget cuts to their programs.[1] Although the elimination of a state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)…

  • WebMemo posted April 8, 2009 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Katherine Bradley The Dirty Dozen: 12 New Policies That Undermine Civil Society

    Within the first quarter of 2009, the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress have advanced a number of policies that will undermine family and religious freedom in America. Together they show a serious disregard for parental rights, human dignity, freedom of conscience, and civil society in American life. In these difficult economic times, policymakers…

  • Commentary posted February 20, 2009 by Robert Rector, Katherine Bradley Stimulus Bill Abolishes Welfare Reform Successes

    welfare reform in the mid-1990s was a major public policy success leading to a dramatic reduction in welfare dependency and child poverty. Little-noted provisions in the House and Senate stimulus bills actually abolish this historic reform. In addition, the stimulus bills will add nearly $800 billion in new means-tested welfare spending over the next decade. This…

  • WebMemo posted February 11, 2009 by Robert Rector, Katherine Bradley Stimulus Bill Abolishes Welfare Reform and Adds New Welfare Spending

    A major public policy success, welfare reform in the mid-1990s led to a dramatic reduction in welfare dependency and child poverty. This successful reform, however is now in jeopardy: Little-noted provisions in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate stimulus bills actually abolish this historic reform. In addition, the stimulus bills will add nearly $800…

  • WebMemo posted February 6, 2009 by Katherine Bradley, Robert Rector Welfare Spendathon: House Stimulus Bill Will Cost Taxpayers $787 Billion in New Welfare Spending

    The recently passed U.S. House of Representatives stimulus bill contains $816 billion in new spending and tax cuts. Of this sum, $264 billion (32 percent) is new means-tested welfare spending. This represents about $6,700 in new welfare spending for every poor person in the U.S. But this welfare spending is only the tip of the iceberg. The bill sets in motion…

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