Largely unheralded, a notable anniversary slipped quietly by in the third week of August. Five years have passed since Democratic U.S. President Bill Clinton signed his country’s massive welfare reform package into law. How has it worked out?
They were tremendously important. If you wanted to find where the center of community was in an urban neighbourhood or a small town you would often go to the lodge.
It makes sense for people to make provision for their welfare, and they did it through mutual-aid societies.
Born in Europe in the 19th century, most governments in the developed world have embraced the concept as a central public policy goal. People looked to the political system to deliver them from the extremes of poverty and misfortune.
In Wisconsin, attaching the handouts to a work requirement has benefitted everyone.
A revealing study done by the Canada West Foundation of Calgary shows that the reforms implemented to get people off of welfare did not at all really affect previous welfare users negatively.