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  • Restoring the Trust for America's Most Vulnerable
    Posted in Publications on July 6, 2016 | Preview rr

    With the passage of the Great Society reforms, President Johnson launched America’s War on Poverty and greatly expanded the Nation’s safety net. Yet after half a century and trillions of Federal dollars spent, America is still losing the battle: The rate of poverty has remained essentially unchanged. The safety net programs were intended to assist individuals and families who had fallen on hard times, and help them move back into self-sufficiency. Regrettably, ineffectiveness, fragmentation, dup... Read more

  • Restoring the Trust for Younger Americans
    Posted in Publications on October 27, 2015 | Preview rr

    Young Americans today face a daunting and largely unprecedented outlook. The expansive opportunities available to previous generations – thanks largely to abundant economic growth – are receding. The distinctly American promise of leaving the next generation better off is now uncertain. Instead, today’s young people foresee a future of higher taxes, slower wage growth, and lower standards of living. Many young Americans doubt they can achieve the American dream through the traditional formula of... Read more

  • Source of the Government's Fiscal Problem: Reckless Automatic Spending
    Posted in Publications on October 27, 2015 | Preview rr

    The fundamental budgetary problem in Washington is that most of the Federal Government’s spending is automatic and unlimited. The vast majority of this spending – called “direct” or “mandatory” – runs on effectively permanent authorizations, without regular congressional review, and grows largely due to factors outside Congress’s control, such as demographics, inflation, interest rates, and the like. Congress sets few constraints on this spending; programs funded this way essentially spend whate... Read more

  • Principles for Policy Solutions
    Posted in Publications on October 26, 2015 | Preview rr

    During the twentieth century, the Federal Government developed a range of health, retirement, and economic security programs that established the fabric of America’s safety net. While they started off limited in size – both in terms of the number of individuals they served and the funds needed to sustain them – they have grown larger over time and now make up the vast majority of the Federal budget. The unsustainable growth of these programs is undermining their ability to serve current and futu... Read more

  • Restoring the Trust for All Generations
    Posted in Publications on July 14, 2015 | Preview rr

    Since the turn of the twentieth century, Americans have made commitments to one another within and across generations. These included maintaining a sturdy safety net for those in distress; providing health and income security for those in retirement; supporting families by expanding opportunities for homeownership, a college education, and the many other pursuits available in a prosperous nation; and leaving the next generation better off, with a robust and growing economy. These commitments sup... Read more