(“76 Contributor) A few weeks ago, I came across a challenging post on a conservative blog asking whether conservatives should ever use welfare programs. The author explained that he and his wife were expecting a child and that because their finances were tight, they were seriously, if compunctiously, considering the option of taking government money through a program called WIC, which hands out food stamps for families with young children. The author pointed out that as a conservative he had never thought of using a government program but that “now, with a child on the way, the idea of a little help sounds attractive.” Feeling guilty about the prospect of betraying his principles, the author countered that “if it would help and if [he didn’t] intend to continue on welfare after [he got] a full-time job, where’s the harm?” But was that a valid point? Hence the concluding question: “Should conservatives ever use government safety net programs and if so, under what circumstances?” Continue reading
Rep. Paul Ryan recently said the wrong kind of welfare can breed dependency, and liberals are beating up on him but good. They are saying that he is once again showing how conservatives do not care about the poor when in fact liberals are the ones who continuously assault them. They repeatedly practice cruelty in their politics, as many so obviously did with Aid to Families with Dependent Children. Continue reading
What sets Americans apart from people in so many other countries is that we actually like working. No, every job isn’t fun, but Americans understand the dignity that comes with work. We achieve a sense of self-reliance by producing something worthwhile, creatively using our unique talents, and providing security and opportunity for ourselves and our families. Continue reading
This year is the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s War on Poverty, and there has been lots of discussion of whether it worked or didn’t. It didn’t, at least as regards its advertised purpose of reducing poverty. But it didn’t do anything to worsen it, either. That’s President Obama’s record. Continue reading
In the Obama era, the future isn’t what it used to be. Continue reading
National Public Radio (NPR) recently published a story on why millions of Americans are leaving the workforce. The four reasons they came up with: More people are retiring, going to college, staying home with the kids, and simply cannot find work.
Well, maybe NPR should have included a fifth reason 36 percent of Americans 16 or over – the highest rate since the 1980s – are currently out of the labor market: it would actually cost them money to get a job. Continue reading