The Human Cost of Welfare: How the System Hurts the People It's Supposed to Help

4.2 avg rating
( 5 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781440845345: The Human Cost of Welfare: How the System Hurts the People It's Supposed to Help

Why is the welfare system failing to work for so many people? This book examines the problems with the current welfare system and proposes reforms to create a smarter, smaller system that helps people improve their lives through rewarding work.


  • Presents a unique analysis of America's welfare programs and uses real-life examples to show how the current system forces enrollees to stay underemployed or unemployed
  • Offers a well-researched perspective on the relationship between work and happiness and why work is necessary for a happy life
  • Presents a new angle on welfare's shortcomings by focusing on the opinions of more than 100 welfare beneficiaries
  • Provides a variety of recommendations for welfare reform, such as creating wage subsidies for low-income workers, increasing apprenticeships, privatizing welfare, and fixing the Earned Income Tax Credit, among others

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Phil Harvey is the chief sponsor of the DKT Liberty Project, an advocacy group that raises awareness about liberty and freedom in the United States.

Lisa Conyers is director of policy studies for the DKT Liberty Project, where she works on topics including welfare, inequality, and civil liberties.

Review:

"Highly readable and thoroughly researched, this book reveals the tragic secret of our welfare state: It is hurting the people it is intended to help. The Human Cost of Welfare then provides practical suggestions for righting this wrong." (Peter Goettler, President, Cato Institute)

"Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyers illuminate the whole welfare picture with reports from real people about what keeps them poor and dependent. One of the stories that stays with me came from a pregnant teenager. 'In my high school,' she said, 'they even have day care for the kids of the students. The school clinics can't give out birth control, but they can take care of us and our babies.'" (Nadine Strossen, Professor, New York Law School; Former President, American Civil Liberties Union)

"When you deal regularly with welfare problems, as I did as governor of New Mexico, you see the harm that supposedly helpful government programs can do. Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyer's book paints an alarming picture of our welfare system's unintended consequences and provides valuable suggestions to make the system better." (Gary Johnson, 2012 candidate for President; Former Governor of New Mexico)

"The Human Cost of Welfare exposes the downside of America's welfare programs―they keep people underemployed and unemployed, preventing them from leading meaningful lives. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the disability systems for civilians and military veterans. I've studied this issue and lived it myself after losing a leg in Iraq, and I'm glad Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyers are shining a light on this huge hidden problem." (Daniel Gade, Lieutenant Colonel PhD)

"This book should be read by politicians; they're the ones who don't get it. If we can get to work we can start living that American Dream and giving our kids the life they deserve, and that we deserve too." ("Janet," Washington DC, welfare recipient)

"I'm glad you wrote this book. I'd rather be going to work today, not dealing with welfare offices, and I'd rather my daughter saw me going to work today too; your book explains why that's so hard to pull off." ("Karen," Brooklyn, NY, welfare recipient)

"It's about time somebody wrote a book about what it is really like to be on welfare; it's a joke. So many rules, so hard to get off, you just get stuck, that's all." ("Marie," Baltimore, MD, welfare recipient)

"This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about what is really happening in America. Useful, informative and sobering, it describes a dysfunctional welfare system in which one sixth of the population of one of the richest countries in history is living on food stamps. Welfare programs are helping to bring about a slow-motion destruction of the American dream." (James Bartholomew, Author of The Welfare of Nations)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Harvey, Phil
ISBN 10: 1440845344 ISBN 13: 9781440845345
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # KB-9781440845345

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 46.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Harvey, Phil
ISBN 10: 1440845344 ISBN 13: 9781440845345
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9781440845345

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 47.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Phil Harvey, Lisa Conyers
Published by ABC-CLIO, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 1440845344 ISBN 13: 9781440845345
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description ABC-CLIO, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Why is the welfare system failing to work for so many people? This book examines the problems with the current welfare system and proposes reforms to create a smarter, smaller system that helps people improve their lives through rewarding work. * Presents a unique analysis of America s welfare programs and uses real-life examples to show how the current system forces enrollees to stay underemployed or unemployed * Offers a well-researched perspective on the relationship between work and happiness and why work is necessary for a happy life * Presents a new angle on welfare s shortcomings by focusing on the opinions of more than 100 welfare beneficiaries * Provides a variety of recommendations for welfare reform, such as creating wage subsidies for low-income workers, increasing apprenticeships, privatizing welfare, and fixing the Earned Income Tax Credit, among others. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781440845345

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 54.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Phil Harvey, Lisa Conyers
Published by ABC-CLIO, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 1440845344 ISBN 13: 9781440845345
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description ABC-CLIO, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Why is the welfare system failing to work for so many people? This book examines the problems with the current welfare system and proposes reforms to create a smarter, smaller system that helps people improve their lives through rewarding work. * Presents a unique analysis of America s welfare programs and uses real-life examples to show how the current system forces enrollees to stay underemployed or unemployed * Offers a well-researched perspective on the relationship between work and happiness and why work is necessary for a happy life * Presents a new angle on welfare s shortcomings by focusing on the opinions of more than 100 welfare beneficiaries * Provides a variety of recommendations for welfare reform, such as creating wage subsidies for low-income workers, increasing apprenticeships, privatizing welfare, and fixing the Earned Income Tax Credit, among others. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781440845345

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 54.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Phil Harvey; Lisa Conyers
Published by Praeger (2016)
ISBN 10: 1440845344 ISBN 13: 9781440845345
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Praeger, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1440845344

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Harvey, Phil
Published by Praeger (2016)
ISBN 10: 1440845344 ISBN 13: 9781440845345
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Praeger, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 1440845344

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 57.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Harvey, Phil
Published by ABC-CLIO (2016)
ISBN 10: 1440845344 ISBN 13: 9781440845345
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description ABC-CLIO, 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9781440845345

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 50.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.16
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Harvey, Phil
Published by Praeger
ISBN 10: 1440845344 ISBN 13: 9781440845345
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ohmsoft LLC
(Lake Forest, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Praeger. Book Condition: Brand New. FREE domestic ground shipping. Fast priority express available. Tracking service included. Ships from USA (United States of America). Bookseller Inventory # 1440845344

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 67.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Phil Harvey
Published by Praeger
ISBN 10: 1440845344 ISBN 13: 9781440845345
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Praeger. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9781440845345

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 58.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.37
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Harvey, Phil
Published by Praeger (2016)
ISBN 10: 1440845344 ISBN 13: 9781440845345
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Praeger, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9781440845345_lsuk

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 63.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.23
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book