It’s been 25 years since President Clinton signed into law sweeping welfare reform. But while this massive bi-partisan victory did a lot to strengthen families and sanction the dignity of work from the highest levels of government, a victory 25 years ago doesn’t not necessarily mean victory for the next 25 years. Today, President Biden and liberals in Congress are now looking to completely end these successful reforms, and replace them with policies that have been proven not to work. On this episode, we look at the lead up to welfare reform, the politics, the posturing, and of course the success. In addition, we look at the current situation here in DC and why it’s crucial to pushback against the left’s attempts to upend welfare reform.

 

This week, research fellow Rachel Greszler explains how the declining birthrate affects the U.S. economy.


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Remember HR 1 or S 1, the so-called “For the People Act?” We’ve done several episodes about it here on Explains where we’ve talked about how, if passed, it would fundamentally change America by letting DC control our elections instead of the states. Since our last episode, Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin from West Virginia actually wrote an op-ed digging his heels in, and rejected H.R. 1/S. 1. Or did he? Have you heard of H.R. 4? It’s been described as the “backdoor” to the “For the People Act.” The problem is that it might be worse. This week, we discuss the differences between H.R. 1 and H.R. 4, the state of play, and all that is at stake.

This week, Jarrett Stepman, a contributor to The Daily Signal will break down why Cubans have had enough, why protestors are waving American flags, and what Americans can learn from these protests.


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Leaks of sensitive government information happen all the time, and some would say leaking is a virtuous thing that promotes better transparency. But there are serious ramifications. On this episode, we look at how leaks typically happen, the consequences, and discuss why it’s important for our law enforcement to use all the available tools to hunt leakers down.

It’s that time of year when we celebrate our Declaration of Independence. On this episode, we play an interview featuring well-known historian, scholar, and Heritage fellow Dr. Allen Guelzo. It encapsulates why Independence Day is so important, and gives meaningful context into the complexity and deliberation of this “miracle” of a document.  Try this: listen to this episode first, and then read the Declaration in full. It’s worth it!


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What would our military be like if Marines were taught to assess their fellow marines’ trustworthiness or capability based on the color of their skin? This week, senior research fellow Dakota Wood talks about how woke policies like critical race theory would destroy the military.


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The Chinese Communist Party recently announced they will increase the number of children families are allowed to have from two to three. This comes after historically low birth rates last year, and growing concerns that China will not have a population to keep up with the growth. But will it work? It poses the fundamental question: Does the family support government or does government support the family? This week, we talk about China’s vested interest in controlling personal family decisions, how the US should respond, and why a three-child policy will not help the Chinese People.

China emitted more carbon dioxide than any other country in 2019—nearly double that of the United States. This week Katie Tubb, a senior policy analyst for energy in the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, talks about what climate game China is playing and why the US needs to keep its eyes wide open.


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Comedian and commentator Steven Crowder recently announced that he is suing Youtube after receiving his second “strike” for posting offensive content. These strikes have resulted in the suspension of his show, demonetization (or inability to profit from views), and a complete disconnect with the nearly 5.7 million subscribers to his Youtube channel. This week we look at the facts of what lead to this, the inconsistency in enforcement against conservatives, and what we should do to push back.

Over the last few weeks, it’s been hard to miss all of the videos of missiles flying through the air, buildings collapsing, and people shouting.  The conflict between Israel and Hamas Palestinian Militants continues to present challenges for achieving lasting peace in the middle east.  But after 11 days of fighting, there is a cease fire. However, in response to this conflict, there has been an outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks around the world. The video footage is horrifying. On this episode we talk with Ellie Cohanim, who served as a top official at the US State Department on this issue. She fills us in on the conflict, corrects the mainstream media narrative, and how Americans must realize that this is not just an issue that is bad for Jewish people – it impacts all of us.

What do you know about inflation? Milton Friedman famously said: ” Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon, in the sense that it is and can be produced only by a more rapid increase in the quantity of money than in output.” Of course, we all know the driver of the quantity of money is government spending priorities, and recently the government has been spending a lot. So what does that mean for the American people? On this episode, we talk about the basics of inflation, what it means for your pocket book, your gas tank, and your grocery bill. This episode shows what happens when too many dollars chase too few goods.

Many on the left claim that voter suppression is not only happening throughout America, but we need to pass sweeping legislation (HR 1/For The People Act ) to federalize all elections, putting our democratic process in the hands of Washington, DC bureaucrats. But the Census Bureau’s recent 2020 election survey of voters clearly demonstrates that those who have been claiming, without justification or evidence, that we have been experiencing a wave of so-called “voter suppression” have a lot of explaining to do. This week, we dig into this new report, and build the case for stopping the For The People Act in the Senate.

In his first 100 days President Joe Biden has signed 11 bills into law, one being a 1.9 trillion dollar COVID relief bill, and 42 executive orders. Conservatives feared what the radical left would do with this kind of power. So what’s happened so far? This week we explain what’s happened so far in Congress so and what’s coming up.

It’s the story hardly anyone in America is talking about. One of Africa’s longest-serving presidents, Idriss Deby of Chad (who had ruled for 30 years) was recently killed in a battle against rebels advancing towards the capital. His shocking death has thrown the country’s frequently tempestuous politics into further turmoil, even as the rebels remain in the field. On this fascinating episode, we talk about who President Deby was and what his legacy looks like, what’s at stake for this troubled region in Africa, and what this means for America and our allies.

President Biden is proposing a massive spending plan to supposedly build and rebuild America’s infrastructure. While the plan relies on the moderate and uncontroversial term “infrastructure,” less than 5% would actually go toward traditional road infrastructure projects. Rather, it will be spent on corporate welfare, tax credits, and the left’s radical “green” agenda. On this episode, we learn what’s in this plan, how much it will cost, and how we’re going to pay for it (HINT: Taxes are likely going up).  

What the Biden administration should do to stop China from hosting the 2022 Olympics.


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In 2015 Ross Douthat coined the term “woke capitalism” when writing a piece for the New York Times. He defined it as how companies signal their support for progressive causes in order to maintain their influence in society. He really tapped into something. Since then, this mindset has only grown, as the largest corporations are now weighing in of almost every major (and not-so-major) public policy issue. The problem: they increasingly land on the “leftist” side of the issue. So what is the impact? Is this a coordinated effort? What is the antidote to this “corporate wokeness” infiltrating our largest American companies? On this episode, Andy Olivastro joins us to weigh in with a unique perspective. He led communications and reputation strategy for some of the largest corporations and best known brands, and witnessed first-hand this gradual shift toward “corporate wokeness.”

This week, former acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in the Trump administration and Heritage visiting fellow, Chad Wolf, breaks down what’s happening at the border, how it started, and if we can stop it.

President Reagan talked a lot about securing peace through being strong, and there’s no question that our military is strong. But that strength is not absolute.  It takes a lot of resources and constant innovation to keep up – especially when countries like China continue to grow their military presence around the world. So how do we keep up? This week, we dig into the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), and the priorities that Congress must sanction in order to keep our military strong and prepared. In addition, we look at some of the differences in President Biden’s defense priorities and the implications.