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What People are Saying…

  • “A refreshingly non-partisan dissection of the social safety net’s unintended consequences”

    – Read the Washington Independent Review of Books review

  • “The Human Cost of Welfare is a welcome book, an important book, and a needed book.”

    — Laurence Vance, Director of the Francis Wayland Institute (full review here…)

  • “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

  • “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 paints an alarming picture of our welfare system’s unintended consequences and provides valuable suggestions to make the system better.”

    Gary Johnson2016 Presidential candidate; Former Governor of New Mexico

  • “Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyers illuminate the whole welfare picture with reports from real people about what keeps them poor and dependent.”

    Nadine Strossen, Professor, New York Law School; Former President, American Civil Liberties Union

  • “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.”

    Peter Goettler, President, Cato Institute

  • “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, Welfare Recipient, Washington, DC

  • “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, Welfare Recipient, Baltimore

  • “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, Welfare Recipient, Brooklyn, New York


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