Twenty years ago today, welfare reform was signed into law. What have been the results? Well, it’s not the success many are claiming.
A strong and moral society ensures its members can meet their basic needs and give their children fair opportunities to flourish. That is impossible with today’s high levels of poverty.
Safety net programs at their best ensure that we can all weather unpredictable economies and changes in circumstances. The safety net ensures that people have food to eat and a place to sleep, but it also produces long-term gains in improved health, educational achievement, employment and earnings.