Ending dependency lessons from welfare reform in the usa douglas j besharov peter germanis jay hein donald k jonas amy l sherman with an introduction by alan deacon civitas institute for the study of civil society london. The real lessons from bill clintons welfare reform the legislation took the aid to families with dependent children or afdc program a 60 year old stalwart created by franklin roosevelt in . The personal responsibility and work opportunity reconciliation act of 1996 prwora is a united states federal law passed by the 104th united states congress and signed into law by president bill clintonthe bill implemented major changes to us social welfare policy replacing the aid to families with dependent children afdc program with the temporary assistance for needy families tanf . The welfare states effect on the poor in thursdays wall street journal john early and phil gramm share some depressing numbers about growing dependency in the united states during the 20 years before the war on poverty was funded the portion of the nation living in poverty had dropped to 147 from 321. Ending welfare reform as we know it law does not come close to truly ending welfare as we know it society should have taught us at least one important lesson welfare reform is not
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