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April 8, 2014

Section: Culture – Welfare

When he gave something the first time, there was gratitude; and when he gave something a second time to that same community, there was anticipation; the third time, there was expectation; the fourth time, there was entitlement; and the fifth time, there was dependency.” Bob Lupton.

Once poverty is relative, it becomes impossible to eliminate – along with the government programs and the massive amounts of bureaucracy needed to do so.” Robert Rector

 

Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):

Welfare programs cost more than $900 billion a year.

o   Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in 1935. “To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.”

o   In 1964, 19% of Americans were poor.

o   In 2012, 16% of Americans are poor, but the definition of poor has changed.

o   By the standards of the 19th century, practically no American is poor.

o   In comparison with Bangladeshis, there are precious few poor in the United States.

o   Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program (cut AFDC caseload in half)

§  In 1996, President Clinton signed the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, often referred to as the welfare-reform act, and welfare caseloads plummeted by 70%, down to 3.8 million taking 8.8 million people off the rolls.

§  The 2005 Budget Reconciliation Act embraced the “work-first” philosophy designed simply to get them working, even in entry-level positions, under the supervision of a caseworker.

§  Healthy Marriage Initiative.

§  Fatherhood Initiative

§  Head Start

o   In 2010, 70.5% of federal spending goes to dependence programs.

§  In 2010, housing assistance grew to $59.4 billion.

§  In 2010, Medicare grew to $452 billion and Medicaid grew to $273 billion.

§  In 2010, welfare and low-income health care assistance grew to $1,137 billion.

·         In 2005, $620 billion was spent on more than eighty welfare programs funded by federal, state, and local governments. 

o   In 2005, Social Security benefits for those in the poorest fifth of the population totaled $100 billion. 

o   In 2005, Medicare provided another $115 billion.

o   In 2005, educating the children of low-income families cost $105 billion more. 

o   In 2005 $40 billion was spent on uncompensated medical care and $78 billion in private charity.

Welfare system is expensive, over $1 trillion in 2005, and growing.

·         In 2011, the federal government funds and operates 126 different welfare and anti-poverty programs spending more than $668 billion per year:

Name (Sorted by Cost)

Cost $ Millions

Number of Participants

Medicaid

228,000.0

48,900,000

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

75,000.0

44,200,000

Earned Income Tax Credit

(Refundable Portion)

55,000.0

27,000,000 (households)

Supplemental Security Income

43,700.0

8,100,000

Federal Pell Grants

41,000.0

9,614,000

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

21,000.0

4,492,000 (monthly avg)

Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers

18,100.0

2,000,000 (households)

Very Low to Moderate Income Housing Loans- Sec. 502

16,700.0

131,370 (units)

Title 1 Grants to Local Education Agencies

14,100.0

N/A (formula grants)

Children’s Health Insurance Program

13,459.0

7,705,723

National School Lunch Program

10,900.0

31,000,000

Adjustable Rate Mortgages

10,600.0

43,687 (units)

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

7,500.0

N/A (formula grants)

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

7,170.0

9,180,000

Head Start

7,100.0

904,000

Child Care and Development Block Grant

5,000.0

N/A (formula grant)

Low Income Home Energy Assistance

4,700.0

N/A (formula grants)

Foster Care Title IV

3,976.0

N/A (formula grants)

Public and Indian Housing

3,900.0

1,100,000 (units)

State Administrative Matching Grants for SNAP

3,403.0

N/A (formula grants)

Child Care and Development Mandatory and Matching Funds

2,917.0

N/A (formula grants)

School Breakfast Program

2,900.0

11,600,000

Adoption Assistance

2,480.0

N/A (formula grants)

Public Housing Capital Fund

2,307.0

N/A (project grants)

The impact of food stamps, Section 8 housing subsidies, Medicaid, and other support programs has been to create a permanent welfare class which, in terms of skills and attitudes, is poorly equipped to return to work.

o   In 2011 one in seven Americans are receiving food stamps.

o   States have made households automatically eligible (categorical eligibility) for food stamps if they receive other federal benefits like TANF or counseling services.

o   Duplication of benefits between other federal programs in rampant (ie. Food stamps and free school lunches)

o   Lacking the role model of a responsible father, children grow up to believe that dependency is a natural condition of life.

o   A great deal of evidence points to a close relationship between crime and welfare.

In the late 1960s the federal government tested the relationship between welfare and working in "the most ambitious social science experiment in history."

·         The largest, longest and best-evaluated of these experiments was SIME/DIME (Seattle Income Maintenance Experiment/Denver Income Maintenance Experiment) in Seattle and Denver, and the results were not pretty.

·         The goal was to prove that popular wisdom was all wrong ? (welfare would not cause people to reduce their work effort, to get married less often, divorce more quickly or engage in other dysfunctional behavior)

·         To the dismay of the researchers, the results confirmed the conventional wisdom:

o   The number of hours worked dropped 9% for husbands and 20% for wives, relative to the control group. For young male adults it dropped 43% more.

o   The length of unemployment increased 27% among husbands and 42% for wives, relative to the control group. For single female heads of households it increased 60% more.

o   Divorce increased 36% more among whites and 42% more among blacks. (In a New Jersey experiment, the divorce rate was 84% higher among Hispanics.)

The IRS administers "one of the federal government's largest benefit programs for working families and individuals."

o   EITC is the "largest cash assistance program targeted at low-income families."

o   In 2008, of the approximately 142 million Forms 1040 filed, 25 million included EITC claims totaling $51.6 billion - the IRS paid out $45 billion in EITC benefits for the 2008 tax year.

o   In 2009, over 26 million people received nearly $59 billion in EITC benefits.

o   In 2008, another $20.5 billion was paid for Additional Child Tax Credits.

The idea to replace the multiple means-based programs with a single program has been suggested, but has been found not to achieve the program objectives.

o   The appeal of a guaranteed income also diminishes when judged against its ability to move people away from government dependency.

o   There is some evidence that a guaranteed minimum scheme would undermine incentives to seek employment.

o   Four landmark experiments in the 1960s and '70s examined the Negative Income Tax's impact on labor supply.

o   The recipients of NIT grants tended to work fewer hours compared to control groups that did not receive the grants.

o   After 30 welfare experiments in the 1990s, only welfare policies that included work requirements pushed people off welfare and back to self-sufficiency.

Poverty is the anchor that binds people into welfare dependence.

o   Destitution, which is lack of income sufficient to assure physical survival and to prevent suffering from hunger, exposure, or remediable or preventable illness;

o   Want, which is lack of enough income to support essential welfare;

o   Hardship, which is lack of enough to prevent acute persistent discomfort or inconvenience;

o   Relative deprivation, which is a lack of enough income, status, or whatever else may be valued to prevent one from feeling poor in comparison to others.   

o   One important category of poverty Banfield does not mention is psychological or spiritual poverty

o   Orshansky used the average family budget and the cost of food.

o   Because the average family spent one-third of its budget on food in 1955, the poverty threshold was set at three times the minimum cost to purchase an adequate food diet.

o   The formula took a basic minimum (the food budget) and related it to the overall prevailing standard of living.

o   She described it as an acceptable minimum social standard according to the custom of the day.

o   It was not meant to be an absolute measure of poverty.

o   The federal government adjusted the poverty line every year thereafter, accounting solely for the cost of inflation.

o   Official poverty measures count just family's cash income.

§  The 2009 poverty rate was income below $11,161 for an individual, or below $21,756 for a family of four.

o   Official poverty ignores additional sources of support such as:

§  Housing subsidies;

§  Food stamps;

§  Medicaid;

Ø  The number of Americans on food stamps is rising dramatically, now approaching 40 million people in 2009.

§  Fuel assistance; and

§  Earned-Income Tax Credit.

o   The typical American categorized as “poor” in 2007 has many amenities formally thought of as luxuries.

§  43% of all poor households own their own home.

§  80% of poor households have air-conditioning.

§  Only 6% of poor households are overcrowded, two thirds have more than two rooms per person.

§  Typical poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe.

§  Nearly three quarters of poor households own a car; 31% own two or more cars.

§  97% of poor households have a color television; over half have two or more TVs.

§  78% have a VCR or DVD player.

§  62% have cable or satellite TV reception.

§  89% own microwave ovens; more than have a stereo.

§  More than a third have an automatic dishwasher.

o   Official poverty ignores Medicaid, housing allowances, food stamps and other federal and local government subsidies to the poor.

§  $40,000 has been labeled as the breakaway point for many government welfare programs (a little less than $20 per hour).

o   Rather than materially poor, many of America’s “poor” suffer from the effects of “behavioral poverty.”

§  A breakdown in the values, and conduct conducive to healthy families and self sufficiency.

§  Mean testing benefits are reduced as the non-welfare income rises.

§  Welfare eligibility rules (AFDC) incent fathers to leave the home, undermining basic values.

o   The bottom quintile has a 35% increase in income compared with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quintiles.

§  Earnings up, welfare down caused by welfare reform, not government payments.

§  Earned income tax credit accounted for the second biggest increase in income.

o   AEI maintains that including all market income reduces 2004 poverty rate from 12.7% down to 5.4%, demonstrating an incredible reduction in real poverty in this country.  

o   Statistically considering all compensation, private and government, the actual poverty rate should be in the range of 1 to 3 percent.

o   In constant dollars, consumption by people in the lowest quintile rose by more than 40% over the past four decades.

o   Spending is vital because it is the principal determinant of standard of living.

o   Measuring income on an after-tax basis and including transfers reduces real and perceived inequality.

o   The Census Bureau data is reported by household, and composition of households have changed over the past 30 years.

o   Food insecurity is not synonymous with starvation, chronic hunger, and substandard nutrition.

o   Low food security is “reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet with little or no indication of reduced food intake”; and

o   Very low food security is “multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.”

§  Food security does not indicate reduced food intake, only disrupted eating patterns.

·         Recent studies have shown that people do not remain stagnant in their income level.

o   The Treasury Department’s latest study found that during the 10-year period starting in 1996, roughly half of the taxpayers who started in the bottom 20% had moved up to a higher income group by 2005.

o   Less than half of people in the top 1 percent in 1996 were still there in 2005.

o   Nearly half of the families in the lowest fifth of income earners in 2001 had moved up within six years.

o   More than a third of those in the highest fifth of income-earners in 2001 had moved down.

o   Another recent survey of over 500 successful entrepreneurs found that 93% came from middle-class or lower-class backgrounds.

§  Most were the first in their families to launch a business.

Europe has begun to roll back some of their welfare programs.

o   Work is the surest route out of poverty; it structures lives; unlocks potential; builds confidence; forges friendships; cements communities; provides mental well-being.

 

Principles:

Embrace the ‘Culture of Belonging” encouraging the combination of “work, wedlock, and worship.”

Defend and strengthen marriage and the family in federal and state law and policies.

Obey the principles of “calculated” compassion:

 

Recommendations:

Short term, Promote marriage as an institution and a cure for poverty.

o   Conduct public education campaigns within low-income communities on the importance of marriage;

o   Provide marriage education classes to at-risk students in middle and high schools;

o   Provide life skills training, relationship building, and marriage education programs to interested young adults who are likely to become single parents.

Transfer Food Stamp Program from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Eliminate Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grants ($3.1B).

Strengthen work requirements under all the means-tested programs to restore welfare as temporary assistance program.

o   Include a guaranteed offer of work for everyone who reports to local welfare office before 9am.

o   Local welfare office would provide free daycare for participants small children.

o   For those who work a minimum numbers of hours each month would get a Medicaid voucher to purchase health insurance.

o   Mandate large scale, multi-site experimental evaluations of implementations to tune programs prior to final adoption.

o   Treat a portion of welfare aid as a loan to be repaid by able-bodied recipients.

Long term, Abolish federal Department of Housing and Urban Development as not covered under enumerated powers (63 billion annually).

Abolish federal Department of Health and Human Services as not covered under enumerated powers.

 

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