A Free Congress Senior Fellow of Lasting Achievement
An unheralded poverty warrior has passed away. Robert B. Carleson did more to shape welfare policy in this country over the past three decades but news of his death did not draw long, detailed obituaries in most major newspapers. Welfare “rights” organizations will not pay homage to this man whose work helped start many onetime welfare recipients on the path to self-sufficiency. It is not Politically Correct to identify conservatives who advocate work to be compassionate but millions of Americans owe Carleson a debt of gratitude for spearheading consistently the concept of workfare. (excerpted from Accuracy in Media)
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The Man Who Gave Us Welfare Reform
Bob Carleson was no mere number-cruncher or policy wonk. He was, in fact, a passionate man, which is not surprising since we worked for a president who was passionate about freedom and America. Bob had an incredible love for our country, believing, as Reagan did, that we had a special “rendezvous with destiny” that required us to be a “shining city on a hill.” He was also passionate about the poor. Like most conservatives, he had to endure constant attacks from the political left, which attempted to smear him, along with Reagan, as cruel and hard-hearted. But Carleson cared so much about the poor that he devoted the majority of his adult life to trying to reform the failed programs that were creating generational poverty and cycles of dependency. (excerpted from The Weekly Standard)
Read the rest of Gary Bauer’s tribute.
Robert Carleson—How One Man Altered the Path of History
Robert B. Carleson, a man who was as responsible as anyone for the presidency of Ronald Reagan, passed away late last month. Though his friends and fellow conservatives understood his key role in changing the course of history, he was little known to the general public. And yet, as his fellow “Reaganaut” Edwin Meese (former Attorney General) declared at a memorial in Carleson’s honor April 26, if there had been no Bob Carleson, “there would have been no President Reagan.”
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