Poverty
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'Soul-crushing dependency'

Poverty
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 12/11/12, 12:04 pm

When New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof gets out and reports, he learns that reality differs from what his fellow Times columnists (and sometimes Kristof himself) like to proclaim. On Sunday he wrote, “This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in soul-crushing dependency.”

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U.S. poverty rate unchanged; record numbers persist

Poverty
by Wire Reports
Posted 9/12/12, 11:30 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Census Bureau reports the number of Americans in poverty stood at 15 percent in 2011.

About 46.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 6, were in poverty. That is not statistically different from the 15.1 percent who were impoverished in 2010.

In all, the number of poor remained at record highs. The figures were better than the expectations of analysts who had predicted an increase due to persistently high unemployment.

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Welfare work debate

Welfare | As politicians from both parties debate changes to welfare reform, a new government report sides with Republicans
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 9/06/12, 03:45 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - During his full-throated support of President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, former President Bill Clinton chided Republicans for accusing President Obama of gutting the transformational welfare reform measure he signed into law in 1996.

President Clinton said the Republican claim that Obama is removing the reform law's highly successful work requirements for beneficiaries is "just not true."

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