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FreedomWorks’ Bill of the Month for October 2016: Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act

FreedomWorks has selected H.R. 5360, the Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act, as our bill of the month for October 2016. Introduced by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), this legislation will bring much-needed reform to federal entitlements, which account for nearly 50% of federal spending. This rate of federal spending and the welfare state designed by leftists are both unsustainable and impractical. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced the Senate companion bill, S. 3047.

10/03/2016
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Opt-Out of Welfare

Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Robert Woodson, Founder and CEO of Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, have visited struggling communities throughout America recently and are promoting “A Better Way” program as a means to improve the lives of those mired in poverty.

09/19/2016
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Welfare Is the New Work

Two recent news stories highlight how pernicious the welfare state has become in America today.

07/31/2016
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Community Essential to Help Neighbors

Personal Freedom and Prosperity 109: Subsidiarity This tenet holds that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization, which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization. In other words, any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. This principle is a bulwark of limited government and personal freedom. It conflicts with the passion for centralization and bureaucracy characteristic of the Welfare State. —David A. Bosnich, Acton Institute

07/28/2014
EBT Outage Provides Opportunity for Real Compassion
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EBT Outage Provides Opportunity for Real Compassion

There was panic at supermarkets over the weekend. Low-income Americans in 17 states were turned away from cash registers due to a computer outage affecting their electronic food-stamp cards.Outrage erupted in store aisles and even on Twitter.

10/14/2013
Food Stamps Tragedy: Government Cannot Know the Needs and Dreams of 48 Million Americans
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Food Stamps Tragedy: Government Cannot Know the Needs and Dreams of 48 Million Americans

Personal Freedom and Prosperity 109: SubsidiarityThis tenet holds that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization, which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization. In other words, any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. This principle is a bulwark of limited government and personal freedom.

09/25/2013
The Failure Of The War On Poverty
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The Failure Of The War On Poverty

In 1930, the unemployment rate among African Americans was lower than it was for whites. That's right, at the height of the Great Depression, blacks were more likely to be employed than whites. 1930 was also the last year that we saw that happen.

08/30/2013
SNAP Challenge is Not So Challenging - Unless You're an Out of Touch Congressman
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SNAP Challenge is Not So Challenging - Unless You're an Out of Touch Congressman

This past week more than two dozen Democratic members of congress decided to compete in the SNAP Challenge and in their words "call attention to the necessity of the program" while also showing how difficult it is to eat on the average of $31.50 per person, per week allocated under the SNAP program.

06/14/2013
Biting the Hand that Feeds
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Biting the Hand that Feeds

Every few hours, new facts emerge about the Boston Marathon bombers. While much has been made of their family, studies and religion, on Tuesday night we learned that American taxpayers helped finance them.Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism...

04/24/2013
The Fallacy of Government Assistance
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The Fallacy of Government Assistance

Throughout American history, there have always been those that have fallen on hard times.  From British poor laws, brought over by the colonists, to today’s myriad of welfare programs, America has a strong foundation of seeking to help those in need.  However, what started as a very simple program has become convoluted, corrupted and ultimately fails to lift people from poverty to prosperity.  While examples of government assistance failures abound, none may be so evident as that of the current situation in New Mexico.

02/20/2013

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