Welfare (page 9)

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    Government benefits for criminals

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a questionable use of Social Security funds. The Social Security Administration gave $1.3 million in benefits to criminals, including individuals who had already defrauded the government, according to a new audit. The inspector general for the agency found that just…
    Mitch Kokai, August 11, 2017
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    Outcompeting government

    Brink Lindsey makes some good points as he explains “why libertarians and conservatives should stop opposing the welfare state,” and cites one of my favorite books, Richard Cornuelle’s Reclaiming the American Dream. We have to replace the welfare state before we can repeal it. I disagree with Lindsey’s conclusion…
    Joseph Coletti, August 10, 2017
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    How out-of-wedlock birth became typical

    Super-intern Jordan Roberts and I have spent the last month understanding TANF in North Carolina. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was the creation of welfare reform 20 years ago. It replaced the much-maligned Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with a federal block grant to complement state…
    Joseph Coletti, August 8, 2017
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    Ending the war on work

    Edward Glaeser writes at National Review Online about changing government policy to avoid discouraging work. The rise of joblessness — especially among men — is the great American domestic crisis of the 21st century. It is a crisis of spirit more than of resources. The jobless are far…
    Mitch Kokai, August 2, 2017
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    Britons funded the terrorist attack in Manchester

    The U.K. Telegraph delivers devastating news about the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe. Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2017
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    Wisconsin governor’s welfare reforms deserve to serve as model

    Tarren Bragdon explains for the Washington Examiner why much of the country could benefit from a perusal of Wisconsin’s welfare reform ideas. In the 1990s, Wisconsin recognized the devastating consequences of generations of families living on welfare and being trapped in poverty. So, then-Gov.
    Mitch Kokai, February 24, 2017
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    Sowell on ‘favors’ to blacks

    Another “must read” from Thomas Sowell. A big “favor” the Obama administration is offering blacks today is exemption from school behavior rules that have led to a rate of disciplining of black male students that is greater than the rate of disciplining of other categories of students. Is it…
    Terry Stoops, September 27, 2016
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    Welfare reform’s positive impact defended

    Joseph Lawler of the Washington Examiner reports on a new study that defends the 1996 federal welfare reform law against its present-day left-of-center critics. A new analysis has rejected one of the popular criticisms of the 1996 welfare reform, namely that it led to…
    Mitch Kokai, August 23, 2016