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Next up for welfare reform: Focus on fathers

Welfare | Twenty years after sweeping changes to the welfare system, anti-poverty programs continue to ignore men
by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/23/16, 12:21 pm

WASHINGTON—Twenty years after the last major welfare reform, U.S. poverty rates have shown marginal improvement. But according to policy experts, future changes need a new target: men.

“We don’t believe there’s anybody in our caseload who has had an immaculate conception,” said Eloise Anderson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. “We really want to go after fathers.”

On Aug. 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed bipartisan legislation to reform the welfare system.

“Today, we are ending welfare as we know it,” he proclaimed.

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How bad data makes Americans look poorer than they are

Poverty | Underreporting of welfare benefits is part of the problem
by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/16/16, 05:59 pm

WASHINGTON—Bad statistics drive a false narrative about American poverty levels, researchers at the Heritage Foundation said today.

“Our normal trope is we’ve spent $24 trillion dollars on the War on Poverty and the poverty rate is exactly where it was in 1967. The reason for that is garbage data,” said Robert Rector, a Heritage Foundation poverty expert. “The fact of the matter is, even the government can’t spend trillions of dollars and have no impact on anybody’s living standard.”

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An 'assets-based' approach to church benevolence

Poverty | Acknowledging the gifts, resources, and abilities of a low-income person seeking help
by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
Posted 4/16/16, 09:42 am

Many pastors, deacons, and secretaries don’t know how to react when individuals walk into their offices and ask the church to help them pay their car repair or electric bill. In Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence, Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert offer a biblical approach and provide a practical guide to walking with low-income people. Here’s one segment. —Marvin Olasky

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