Welfare Reform : Promoting Personal Responsibility And Serving The Needs Of The Poorintroductionduring Bill Clinton

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Welfare Reform: Promoting Personal Responsibility and Serving the Needs of the PoorIntroductionDuring Bill Clinton’s campaign for Presidency in 1992, he promised Americans that he would make it his priority to end welfare as we know it (Clinton). This goal was made in response to the increase of public pressure to reform a system that many believed had become wasteful and ineffective. In response to this criticism, Clinton called attention to the importance of work instead of dependency on the government. He followed through with his promises and effectively transformed welfare programs unlike any other president. He took a system that was known for its long-term dependency and transformed it to help people become self-supporting. In this new century, the United States is showing signs of dependency once again. Today, in Oregon alone, there has been a 115 percent increase of two parent households receiving cash assistance from March of 2008 (Cole). We cannot ignore these indications any longer; instead we must revive Bill Clinton’s ideas of reform before it becomes too late. The welfare system needs to be modified in a way that encourages individuals to live lives free of government assistance. By developing programs designed to control teen pregnancy rates as well as promoting personal responsibility, Bill Clinton’s dreams can soon become a reality.DefinitionPublic Welfare is a financial assistance program that provides aid to the needy and the poor. According to Allard,…

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