Just before we passed welfare reform in 1996, many on the left promised dire consequences for millions of American families if the legislation were to become law. They said the requirement that people go back to work after two years of taxpayer support was draconian. The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan actually characterized it as “the most brutal act of social policy since Reconstruction.”
Of course, the predictions of a return to the era of Oliver Twist were wildly off base. The reform proved to be one of the most successful social policies in American history. Two-thirds of welfare recipients got a job or went to school. Within four years, 4.2 million people rose out of poverty. In five years, child poverty was at an all-time low, having dropped by 25 percent.
The work requirement was at the heart of the law, and was the key to achieving these gains. As Peter Ferrara records in his book America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb, the states which opted for the strongest implementations of the work requirement saw their welfare rolls reduced dramatically: Wyoming by 97%, Idaho by 90%, Florida by 89%, Louisiana by 89%, Illinois by 89%, Georgia by 89%, North Carolina by 87%, Oklahoma by 85%, Wisconsin by 84%, Texas by 84%, Mississippi by 84%.
Literally millions of people moved from dependency to independence, from welfare checks to paychecks. The work requirement worked.People on both sides of the aisle now recognize the success of the reform.Our Government is destroying our Country We must standup,speakout,and call,email and fax our congressmen TODAY!!
A false picture of economy is being sold to the middle class. who pay for the 50% of social programs food stamps, free phones and the new IRS 70 million in bonuses!!!I call it keep your mouthshut Bribes.
If the ” designed to deceive” immigration bill is passed their paychecks and those of their childrens will be that of the 3rd world.
64% of hispanic citizens polled said illegals can be guest workers but should never be able to vote.