Why I Was Wrong About Welfare Reform

Author: Nicholas Kristof

Bill Clinton’s 1996 reforms did not fix welfare, but rather gutted it to the point of uselessness. Millions of Americans are hurting because of these changes: “Recent research finds that because of welfare reform, roughly three million American children live in households with incomes of less than $2 per person per day, a global metric of extreme poverty. That’s one American child in 25. They would be counted as extremely poor if they lived in Africa, and they are our neighbors in the most powerful nation in the world.”

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