Tuesday, August 01, 2006

"Welfare to Work" - Works

Ten years ago, democrat President Bill Clinton, introduced his controversial welfare reform known as "Welfare to Work". Not only did the reform face criticism at home, it faced more aboard. But after a decade, it seems Clinton's reform works.

  • America's welfare rolls have fallen by over half as existing claimants have found work and fewer people have gone on benefit in the first place. A strong economy, generating plenty of jobs, has undoubtedly helped; but the main reason for the steep decline in caseloads is the reform itself. Furthermore, there has been no upsurge in the poverty rate; in fact, it has fallen over the period. Most of the jobs taken by former claimants are poorly paid, but in general they are doing somewhat better than when they were on welfare.

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