Friday, February 13, 2009

Politics: "Ending of Welfare Reform as We Knew It"

Ending Welfare Reform as We Knew It
Pres. Barack Obama vowed to correct the mistakes of the Bush administration but instead is determined to undo one of the great successes of the Clinton years: welfare reform.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act was followed by reductions in both the number of families on welfare and the rate of poverty. Single women entered the workforce in substantial numbers and the household incomes of former welfare recipients went up.
Under the provisions in the stimulus bill, states will once again be paid a bounty for expanding their welfare rolls.
As reported by Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, the federal government will now pay states 80 percent of the cost for each new family they sign up for welfare. That means that states will get $4 for every $1 they spend.
And there are early rumblings about removing the already weak work requirements that rounded out the Clinton-era reforms.
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