Welfare (page 8)

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    Welfare reform in 2018

    Robert Donachie of the Daily Caller reports on the prospects for federal welfare reform this year. The president made it known early in his first year in the White House that he would not touch Social Security or Medicare, but his rhetoric has changed in recent months and…
    Mitch Kokai, January 9, 2018
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    Questioning the ‘deaths of despair’ argument

    A new paper challenges the notion that the rise in overdose deaths is tied to economic conditions. The authors conclude, “the fatal overdose epidemic is likely to primarily reflect drug problems rather than deaths of despair.” I’m not sure if that’s reassuring, but it does suggest caution when examining…
    Joseph Coletti, January 8, 2018
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    Welfare reform’s risks, rewards

    Michael Tanner‘s latest National Review Online column probes prospects for federal welfare reform. Few areas of government are as ripe for reform as our bloated, inefficient, and ineffective welfare system. The United States has spent more than $23 trillion fighting poverty, roughly $1 trillion last year alone. Yet…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2017
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    Doing less to achieve more in Charlotte

    Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told Charlotte business leaders “we have a duty” to improve economic mobility. But the “21 key strategies, 91 recommendations, and over 100 implementation tactics and policy considerations” proposed by a Task Force earlier this year leave too many barriers to mobility in place. I…
    Joseph Coletti, December 13, 2017
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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