Backgrounder posted July 25, 2012
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…
WebMemo posted February 25, 2010
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
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
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." 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
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
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.
Although the elimination of a state Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families (TANF)…
WebMemo posted April 8, 2009
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…
WebMemo posted February 11, 2009
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
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…