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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

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The War on Poverty After 50 Years

The War on Poverty After 50 Years

ROBERT RECTOR, RACHEL SHEFFIELD, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract In his January 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” In the 50 years since that time, U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty [...]

The Unfinished Work of Welfare Reform

The Unfinished Work of Welfare Reform

Robert Rector ROBERT RECTOR, JENNIFER A. MARSHALL, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Among the public-policy achievements of the past two decades, welfare reform may simultaneously be the best known and least understood. It is now remembered as a bipartisan triumph that ended “welfare as we know it,” to use President Clinton’s phrase, transforming [...]

Welfare Spending at All-Time High…and Growing

Welfare Spending at All-Time High…and Growing

Robert Rector, Rachel Sheffeld, Heritage Foundation Welfare spending has hit a stunning, all-time high. A new Congressional Research Service report confirms what research here at The Heritage Foundation has shown: The government’s means-tested welfare programs now cost taxpayers roughly $1 trillion a year. (This figure does not include either [...]

Obama’s End Run on Welfare Reform, Part Two: Dismantling Workfare

Obama’s End Run on Welfare Reform, Part Two: Dismantling Workfare

Robert Rector ROBERT RECTOR, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract: Work requirements formed the foundation of the welfare reform law of 1996. However, in July, the Obama Administration issued a directive declaring that states no longer need comply with the law’s work standards. Contrary to media reports, the Obama Administration is not merely [...]

Gutting Workfare at Taxpayer Expense

Gutting Workfare at Taxpayer Expense

Robert Rector ROBERT RECTOR, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Liberals in the House of Representatives voted unsuccessfully to jettison the federal work requirements established in the 1996 welfare reform law. Even worse, as the losing side of the 250-164 vote late Thursday , they actually voted to increase the national debt to accomplish [...]

Ending Work for Welfare: An Overview

Ending Work for Welfare: An Overview

Robert Rector ROBERT RECTOR, RACHEL SHEFFIELD, HERITAGE FOUNDATION On July 12, the Obama Administration released a policy directive from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rewriting the successful welfare reform law of 1996. The 1996 reform restructured the largest federal cash welfare program, Aid to Families with Dependent [...]

Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts About America’s Poor

Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts About America’s Poor

Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffeld, Heritage Foundation Executive Summary Today, the Census Bureau released its annual poverty report, which declared that a record 46.2 million persons, or roughly one in seven Americans, were poor in 2010. The numbers were up sharply from the previous year’s total of 43.6 million. Although the current [...]