Allow churches to provide welfare services
- Strongly Support means you believe: Replace the federal welfare system with services provided by churches and other faith-based organizations. Supply block grants to those organizations instead of funding welfare agencies.
- Support means you believe: Support Charitable Choice: remove restrictions on religious organizations' activities, so that churches can bid on government block grants for performing welfare services. Continue other experiments with faith-based organizations.
- Oppose means you believe: Support welfare reform like welfare-to-work and welfare block grants, as long as the basic system remains within the federal government.
- Strongly Oppose means you believe: Compassion requires us to maintain and fund a federal welfare system. The neediest members of society should have a federally-guaranteed safety net.
This question is looking for your views on the government's role in providing welfare service. However you answer the above question would be similar to your response to these statements:
- Faith-based organizations can provide services better than can the government.
- Support Welfare-to-work and/or workfare programs
- Fund welfare entirely via block grants to the states
- Armies of volunteers can cure most of America's social ills.
- The welfare reform bill, signed by President Clinton in 1996, ended the federal entitlement to welfare,
imposed strict work requirements on recipients, and set a five-year lifetime limit for aid.
- In 1995, 88% of poor children received food stamps. By 1998 the figure had dropped to 70%.
- The welfare load currently stands at about 2 million recipients,
which has dropped by about 1/3 since the welfare reform bill was enacted.
- As welfare decreases, churches and other faith-based organizations (FBOs) pick up the slack.
- Churches are tax-exempt, and donations to churches and other charities are tax-deductible,
so federal activity focuses on tax reform to encourage donations, by increasing deductibility on federal and state income taxes.
- Other recent Congressional bills focus on removing restrictions on religious organizations' activities,
so that churches can bid on government block grants for performing welfare services.
- The lessening of restrictions on separation of church and state for this purpose is known as Charitable Choice.