A 9 page research paper in which the writer describes proposals for welfare reform made by Clinton, Moynihan, and others. Of particular concern is whether or not such reform will help and also whether or not they are actually necessary. The writer evaluates whether or not single mothers on welfare are currently motivated to seek work and whether they deserve the continued support of welfare programs. Social issues and political viewpoints on welfare reform are examined in considerable detail. Bibliography lists approximately 10 sources.
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figure in quite prominently. Ex-President Bush brought up the subject whenever he could, claiming to have an agenda "to change welfare and make the able-bodied work"1 Some feared that
welfare recipients were going to be made the scapegoats for the nations economic ills, and that the president once again would use race as the subtext.
In fact, Clintons views on welfare differed significantly from the former presidents, and understanding those differences is critical to building the public support that was needed. For all
of my research seems to suggest quite strongly that few subjects arouse such emotions or generate such fissures in Congress as welfare. One significant reform that had already been
approved since the federal welfare statute was first enacted in 1935 was the Family Support Act of 1988. It passed with little opposition as the result of a historic
compromise between liberals and conservatives: government must help welfare recipients obtain work skills, but recipients must reciprocate by attending classes. After that, they must work if they are able, preferably
in the private sector, otherwise in a publicly funded job2. President Clinton had wanted to start reforming the welfare system by limiting public assistance to
two years. During that interval, poor parents would qualify for schooling, job training, child care, health care and other support. By the deadline, the Clinton plan would require recipients
to work.3 If they could not find jobs, government would provide employment of last resort. This approach has its merits, but they wont be apparent if it takes decades to
apply them to all recipients. Getting people off welfare is obviously in the national interest. But by 1995, estimates to do that ranged up to $10 billion over five years.4