America's Hallmark Welfare Program Wasn't Very Helpful For Single Mothers During The Financial Crisis Staff
Posted: Jan 13, 2014 1:33 PM
Over the past two decades, the American welfare system has shifted more toward one of "in-work" assistance, which tends to stir up less political resistance than programs often pegged as "handouts." The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), for example, has become the hallmark safety net for low income families in the United States ever since Bill Clinton expanded the program alongside welfare reform, with the go-ahead from Congressional Republicans. The idea is that embedding work incentives into the tax code is better than simply doling out cash.