Welfare (page 8)

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    A history of federal entitlements

    John Cogan explains how federal entitlements have always grown in his new book, The High Cost of Good Intentions. He told stories of veterans’ benefits, FDR’s early opposition to entitlements, the “theatrical sham” of the Social Security Trust Fund on EconTalk with Russ Roberts. You can see the growth…
    Joseph Coletti, December 11, 2017
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    Can states develop better welfare work requirements?

    Workforce participation has stalled or declined among men and women of prime working age. Edward Lazear of Stanford University says 1.5 million jobs are simply “missing”. Existing work requirements for welfare programs have had limited success. Brookings Institution scholar Ron Haskins says in a recent paper the federal government…
    Joseph Coletti, December 8, 2017
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    Welfare reform in the crosshairs

    Joseph Lawler of the Washington Examiner reports on the prospects for federal welfare reform. Republicans searching for their next major task after tax reform may have found their answer, and it’s not infrastructure. Over the past few weeks, President Trump has been talking up reform of anti-poverty programs,…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2017
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    Can government restore marriage and the family?

    “Marriage is in excellent shape, but only among the well-off,” The Economist declares in a recent editorial on the state of marriage around the world. “Elite couples delay tying the knot to allow time to get established in a career, but they still tie the knot before having children.”…
    Joseph Coletti, November 29, 2017
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    Tax Reform and #GivingTuesday

    Tuesday was #GivingTuesday. Entering its sixth year, the day saw $177 million donated to charities around the world last year. About $70 billion will flow to churches and other nonprofit organizations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, a quarter of the total for the year donated by individuals.
    Joseph Coletti, November 28, 2017
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    Hidden and Independent

    “Building freedom actually doesn’t begin in the media or Hollywood or academia,” writes Stella Morabito in a recent essay on The Federalist. “It begins in the ‘hidden sphere,’ as explained in Soviet-era freedom fighter Vaclav Havel’s essay, ‘The Power of the Powerless.’ This means that the nucleus of…
    Joseph Coletti, November 14, 2017
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    Foundations and the State

    Should private philanthropy seek to replace government-provided social services? I have argued in this space that it should, and have sought in my outside activity to make this possible. Others, however, think philanthropy should test innovative ideas so government can add to its activities. Rob Reich, co-director of Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy…
    Joseph Coletti, September 6, 2017
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    Helping the Poor

    My colleague Jon Sanders wonders whether policies to help the poor actually help, finds that  “policy is a small part of the overall social equation,” and concludes that the most effective ways to reduce poverty are free enterprise and voluntary action. Jon recommends ending policies that get in the way of private…
    Joseph Coletti, August 18, 2017