The Return of Welfare as We Used to Know It

First published in the Wall Street Journal on August 27, 2012:

Upon signing the historic 1996 welfare-reform legislation, President Bill Clinton proudly proclaimed that "today, we are ending welfare as we know it." He added that he hoped "this day will be remembered not for what it ended, but for what it began." Unfortunately, under President Obama we are beating a path back to big government and away from the independence and mobility that welfare reform sought to foster.

I'm very proud to have been one of the authors of that 1996 legislation. It replaced a permanent entitlement with temporary assistance, and it block-granted money to the states, giving them the ...

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