Welfare reform turns 10

Cato Institute
by Michael D.Tanner

08/22/06

On August 22, 1996, President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, a bill that despite its obscure title represented the most extensive revision of federal welfare policy in more than 30 years. Among other things, the bill ended the legal entitlement to welfare benefits, established time limits and work requirements for participation in the program, and gave states much more authority to establish other requirements and restrictions. At the time, most American liberals predicted disaster. ... One frequently cited study predicted that more than a million children would be thrown into poverty. Welfare advocates painted vivid pictures of families sleeping on sidewalks, widespread starvation, and worse. ... Ten years on, we see that these claims were about as correct as intelligence estimates on Iraq...

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