Work Requirements are a Powerful Anti-Poverty Tool

New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan offered a dystopian prediction for the impact of the welfare reform. “If, in 10 years time, we find children sleeping on grates, picked up in the morning frozen, and ask, ‘Why are we here,scavenging, awful to ourselves, awful to one another, will anyone remember how it began?” he asked…
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Republicans’ Medicaid Reforms Are Just What the Doctor Ordered

Obamacare is in jeopardy and Democrats know it. And while they don’t necessarily want to own the inevitable collapse of the individual market that Obamacare put into motion, neither do they want to admit that it took electing a GOP-led Senate to fix it. So it’s not surprising that Democrats are pulling out the stops…
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The Truth About the Safety Net

President Donald Trump’s budget, like all presidential budgets before it, arrived just in time to attend its own funeral. The power of the purse rests with the House, so the president’s budget is best understood as a statement of priorities, a powerful message that sets the tone for the coming negotiations. President Trump’s budget is…
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Medicaid and Medicare: 50 Years of Budget Busting

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, the crown jewels of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society.” Unfortunately, the programs’ real legacy is their cost, which is enough to make the real Crown Jewels look like a bunch of cubic zirconia set in fool’s gold. There is no doubt that Medicare, which provides…
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Tax Day Was Awful, And It’s On Track to Get Worse

Most people absolutely dread April 15. Not only is it an utter hassle to figure out an increasingly complex tax code, it’s a painful reminder of how big the federal government has become. There’s also a decreasing belief among Americans that the amount they pay in income taxes is fair. Gallup writes: “The slight increase…
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Obama’s Promise of Universal Coverage is Another Bust

  Even the most ardent Democrat will admit that the rollout of Obamacare was not smooth. The website was a disaster, the rhetoric was misleading, the costs were too high, and the delays were too frequent. But they nevertheless stood patiently by because one pillar of the law’s promise remained intact: Expanded coverage. Indeed, the…
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Paul Ryan Outlines the New "Compassionate Conservatism"

“Compassionate conservatism” is making a comeback. Those words may not excite Republicans who have come to view them as an artful cipher for the contradiction in terms known as “big government conservatism.” But it is absolutely necessary in a political culture that has allowed Democrats to use the terms “compassion” and “spending” synonymously. Sadly, compassionate…
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Fiscal Researchers: U.S. Quickly Approaching "Game Over"

Liberal columnist Matt Miller is ready for a national discussion about the way to deal with our deficit. What’s more he thinks that Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget is a great way to kick off the “uber-debate the country needs to have.” That’s where his graciousness ends. Miller then says that he’s ready…
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Ryan's Budget Provides Path to Prosperity for America's Youth

It’s a sad indictment of today’s political discourse that the quality of a proposal can almost invariably be judged by the vehemence of the adjectives used to describe it. The more extreme the rhetoric liberals choose to demagogue an idea, the better that idea probably is. So far I’ve heard the words “disturbing,” “extreme,” and…
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