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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

10 years after....

10 years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed a bi-partisan bill to 'end welfare as we know it.'
Welfare reform was a perennial legislative issue during the 1980s and 1990s, but no matter what Congress did, caseloads grew, peaking at 14.2 million people in 1994. A watershed moment came when Mr. Clinton offered his 1992 campaign promise to "end welfare as we know it." Momentum was also building in the states, where dozens of governors, led by Wisconsin's Gov. Tommy Thompson, were using federal waivers to revamp their welfare programs.
Mr. Clinton's initial welfare reform -- which would have cost an extra $9 billion -- fell to the wayside. House Republicans seized the moment and included welfare reform in their Contract With America, the banner under which the party swept into power in 1994.
The resulting 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act passed with strong bipartisan support and was signed by Mr. Clinton on Aug. 22, after having vetoed two earlier versions.
Clinton, stole some of the show from the Republicans by moving to the center and grabbing this issue. This was a first step, albeit a baby step, in cutting the entitlement boondoogle that swept Washington in the 1960's. The bigger one, and ultimately more difficult cuts will come in the unaffordable retirement age entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.


At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Joe Craine said...

Gosh, I thought President Clinton's greatest accomplishment was "finding" OBL in Afghanistan so that we knew what country to attack so quickly after 911.

I hate to say it, but what has President Clinton done lately? I noticed he supported a pink senator. I noticed his total silence on the reality of 911; it does not bother him that wtc 7 fell with no one to hear!

President Clinton, how about joining President Carter and demonstrating some real leadership. Be the first to ask the real questions of 911 - like - why would the victim destroy the crime scene?


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