The magic bullet that achieved this authentic reform was requiring able-bodied adults to work or at least prepare for work, as a condition of receiving taxpayer handouts. This requirement imposed on welfare recipients was not only good for the taxpayers, but it was also good for the recipients because it put them on the path to self-sufficiency and...
@Denise67. The majority "non-welfare" mothers of small children are working moms simply because raising a family, paying the mortgage, etc, requires two incomes. To be a stay at home Mom these days is a benefit of hard work and planning on the part of the parents, through sacrifice and thoughful decisionmaking. To blindly assume that mothers on welfare somehow are entitiled to enjoy raising their children at home on the expense backs of taxpayers and "mothers that do work", is the essence of "entitlement". You are entitled to procreate but no one should be beholden to support you, if you aren't at least prepared to make the same effort as those who are paying the bills.
President Obama on July 12 ended welfare reform, the crowning achievement of the Republican Congress of 1996. That reform succeeded in reducing the welfare rolls by almost half and was so popular with the American people that Bill Clinton felt compelled to sign it.
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