The Good Ol' Days
Bull Moose reminisces about the bipartisan welfare reform package passed ten years ago. While I agree with My Right Honorable Colleague about the successes so far, I would note that they have all occurred in the course of a relatively strong economy. My fear for all these people (primarily single mothers with young children) has always been what happens when the economy goes south, as may be happening right now. If things get very bad, very fast, these families with their fragile status just above or below the poverty line will end up "last hired, first fired," and the safety net has been disassembled beneath them.