By Michael Barone, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
That's what the stimulus bill has done, to a considerable extent, argues Mickey Kaus, in high dudgeon. I think he's right and that this should be a big issue as time goes on. Welfare reform, starting in the states, culminating with Bill Clinton's signing of the federal bill in 1996, was one of the great policy successes of the last generation. It improved the lives of welfare's intended beneficiaries just as the welfare system as it came to be in the late 1960s and early 1970s degraded them.
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