Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

The answer to alleviating poverty is not more taxpayers’ money

Welfare dependency is evil, it sucks the life out of the nation and those on welfare.

Left-wingers won’t agree though, they think that the answer to alleviating poverty is more taxpayer money.

They are wrong and Kansas has proven that.

Progress on the war on poverty is always measured by how much the government is spending. The more, the better, say liberals. But a more sensible way to think about it is that the fewer people on welfare, the more people who are supporting themselves and not living off the hard working taxpayer. From that realistic perspective Kansas governor Sam Brownback has had a tremendous success, greatly reducing enrollment in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program:

During Brownback’s first term in office, the state’s TANF enrollment declined by half from 38,900 in 2011 to 17,600 in 2014.

Rapid decline in TANF participation was hailed by O’Donnell and other Republicans as evidence of the administration’s anti-poverty strategies had changed lives, while Democrats asserted that drop reflected strident eligibility regulations that accomplished little beyond purging people from TANF rolls.

“We pat ourselves on the back that our TANF rolls have gone down exponentially and we say it’s because all those people are now working. We don’t know that and I’m guessing its not the truth,” said Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka.

So this Democrat’s argument is that she doesn’t know if the poor are being hurt, but she’s guessing they are.

Kelly said weaving regulations limiting access to federally funded programs into state law was a strategy to make it more difficult for future governors to unravel Brownback’s vision of welfare.

Very good! I find I like Sam Brownback! He’s fundamentally transforming Kansas!

And now the Kansas legislature is considering a new law which will restrict the TANF program even further.   Read more »