John and Donny continue their weekly exploration of think tanks across the country in episode #53 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Manhattan Institute, the Ethan Allen Institute, and the Pacific Research Institute.
Tagged: welfare reform
Aug. 22 marks the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton and congressional Republicans’ bipartisan Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). This landmark welfare reform law substantially changed the U.S. welfare system for the first time in more than six decades. PRWORA instituted work requirements, imposed time limits, and allowed states to craft their own welfare programs through the newly formed Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Power to the People is big on ideas, but it does not overwhelm the reader with complexity. Instead of leaving one with confusion, it leaves the reader with amazement that such obvious answers to the problems facing our nations were not enacted long ago.
Federal, state, and local governments spend well over $1 trillion per year on nearly 130 means-tested programs for lower-income Americans. Most of this money is intended to help the 46 million Americans living in poverty, yet we have achieved only minimal advances in getting people on sound financial footing since the “War on Poverty” was declared more than 50 years ago. Instead of helping people become self-sufficient, many states have implemented policies that actually trap people in a loop of government dependency.
When President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act into law in 1996, some Democrats and virtually all Republicans in Congress, led by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), predicted the law would lead to dramatic reductions in welfare. They were right.
On March 23, Policy Advisor Gary MacDougal was a guest on NPR’s The Jefferson Exchange, broadcasted out of Southern Oregon University. MacDougal was on to discuss the 2015 Welfare Reform Report Card and Oregon’s ‘F’ grade.
Everyone knows newly elected Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has her hands full in Rhode Island. Only three states — California, Georgia, and Mississippi — have higher unemployment rates, and Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and South Carolina are the only states that have a higher debt-to-GDP ratio.
When the Republican-controlled Congress promoted welfare reform as one of its top priorities in 1995, opponents accused them of being unsympathetic to the plight of impoverished Americans and insisted the proposed policies would end up harming true reforms.
No one in Washington is taking the lead in addressing poverty and welfare reform like House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Almost alone, he has noted that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.
“If you like your health plan, you can keep it,” is the Lie of the Year, according to PolitiFact. But Barack Obama has been operating under an even more momentous lie for his entire presidency.
This year’s bill was misnamed as a “farm bill.” It was really a food stamp bill, with 80% of its spending going for the food stamp program (officially renamed now SNAP, or Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program).
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