by David Muhlhausen
The Heritage Foundation
March 20, 2014
Backgrounder
Federal social programs consistently fail to achieve their objectives, yet federal spending on social programs has grown faster than the U.S. economy and population over the past 50 years. Scientifically rigorous multisite experimental evaluations have found a consistent pattern of failure in federal social programs, including early childhood education programs such as Head Start. In the current budgetary environment of high deficits and ballooning federal debt, Congress has a moral obligation to cut funding for and even eliminate these ineffective social programs.



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