Anti-Poverty Reform Essay by Morgan Conrad

Anti-Poverty Reform
A history of welfare and welfare reform in the United States.
# 30179 | 1,103 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2003 | US

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In America, anti-poverty policy and what drives it is multifaceted. At different points in history we have seen these changes in poverty pushed for by different people and different organizations, from single individuals or organizations to presidents. The paper shows that due to this, we have seen many different reasons for these shifts, from economic necessity to humanitarianism. This paper takes a sequential look at welfare in the United States - from its founding as the Aid to Dependant Children Act through to the welfare reform act of '96.

From the Paper:

"Reagan, along with congress, moved to change the welfare laws once again to encourage people to work, especially those supporting children. Reagan wanted tighter controls but he failed in that measure. What ended up happening was that people were now more encouraged to work but at the same time were also given the opportunity to receive help finding a job or receiving vocational or educations training free of charge. These programs failed as well. During the eighties we saw another, smaller recession. States found it cheaper to not use their programs or simply allow less people to be enrolled in their education and training programs, because it was cheaper than just handing out welfare."

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