Category: Welfare Reform

Singapore’s Welfare Model

In transitioning away from the failed federal “War on Poverty” and its massive entitlement programs, the United States could examine the Singapore model of social welfare as a transition. This model replaces high taxes and large entitlement spending with mandatory savings where the government serves as a safety valve. NCPA’s John Goodman on the subject: In 1984, Richard Rahn and I wrote an editorial in The Wall Street Journal in which we proposed a savings account for health care. We called it a Medical IRA. That same year, Singapore instituted a related idea: a system of compulsory Medisave accounts. Through the years, my colleagues and I at the National Center for Policy Analysis have kept track of the Singapore… View Article

Agenda 2005: A Guide to the Issues

Welfare Agenda Reduce unnecessary new entries to welfare rolls and strengthen work requirements Minimize returns to welfare Focus on aiding hardship cases Encourage public-private partnerships Remove barriers to entrepreneurship Eliminate the disincentive for family building Discourage illegitimacy Facts  The number of Georgia families on welfare has decreased since 1993. In January 1993, there were 142,040 families on welfare. In June 2003, there were 55,234 families. That is a decrease of 61 percent, and is slightly higher than the 59 percent decrease in the national average over the same period. of  Source: The Administration for Families and Children, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   The majority of that decrease came after Congress passed welfare legislation. From January 1996 until… View Article

What is Real Compassion?

In the last election campaign, we heard the word “compassion” at least a thousand times. Democrats have it, Republicans don’t. Big government programs are evidence of compassion; cutting back government is a sign of cold-hearted meanness. By their misuse of the term for partisan advantage, politicians have thoroughly muddied up the real meaning of the word. The fact is that much of what is labeled “compassionate” is just that, and it does a world of good; but much of what is labeled “compassionate” is nothing of the sort, and it does a world of harm. The former tends to be very personal in nature while the latter puts an involuntary burden on someone else. As Marvin Olasky points out in… View Article
Amy Bilskie February 7, 1997 FOREWORD There is overwhelming evidence that our current welfare system has failed many Americans and it has, in fact, been extremely harmful to the very people it was designed to protect C women and children. Several states, including Georgia, have learned that a reform approach emphasizing personal responsibility and work is much more likely to bring about real improvements than one that perpetuates the practices of the past. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 took just that type of approach. Both the new federal welfare law and Georgia’s plan for implementing a substantial portion of that law are positive attempts to improve the flawed system. Both are good in many ways.… View Article
Amy Bilskie December 2, 1996 FOREWORD August 22, 1996, marked a dramatic new day for America’s welfare programs.  On that day President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 into law, bringing to an end some 30 years of federal government policies that have, despite billions of dollars in effort, done little to alleviate the needs and distress of the poor. The current welfare system consists of an array of programs that are designed to provide society’s neediest members with cash assistance, food stamps and medical assistance.  Though well intentioned, it has evolved into a bureaucratic behemoth that is largely ineffective.  In fact, many critics fault the current system for contributing to, rather than solving,… View Article
Rodney N. Kreider, M.D. F.A.A.P. Recently, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation asked its members for examples of how government has affected their lives. The following article is one of the many responses we received. I’m a board-certified pediatrician who has been associated with one of metropolitan Atlanta’s oldest and largest pediatric practices for the last thirteen years. Our practice has a fairly typical and diverse patient population. I do not represent any group or special interest other than children, nor am I a professional spokesman for any group or cause. I am simply a pediatrician who would like to share my daily experiences because I care about children and their families. I believe that any meaningful discussion of welfare reform… View Article

Is Welfare Unfair?

Pat Wilder For over thirty years the issue of fairness has driven the dramatic expansion of welfare and social subsidy programs. Ironically, this pursuit of fairness has resulted in one of the least fair support systems that could ever be imagined. Neither those receiving nor those financing welfare programs have benefited to any significant extent. It is time to impart true fairness to the welfare system by promoting personal independence while providing temporary assistance. Good intentions are no longer sufficient; we must be honest in our assessments of what has been tried before, and base future efforts on the principle that individuals, not the government, hold the greatest promise for self-fulfillment.   UNFAIR TO BENEFIT RECIPIENTS A welfare system that… View Article

The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.

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