Has Welfare Reform Benefited the Poor?
American social policy has been in operation for along time although it has not been molded to the line of welfare states like in UK and others. However, criticism about the social welfare policy can be traced to as early as 1984 when policy analyst Charles Murray recommended the abolishment of aids to families which had dependant children famously known as AFDC. This was to take effect in 1996 whine president Bill Clinton fulfilled on of his 1992 campaign which sought to change end the welfare policy by enacting the Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. This act was meant to increase to work for the individuals who had been relying on welfare policy. According to Murray’s argument, workfare, child support and the abolition of the welfare would be important steps in reducing the number of those who depended on AFDC. Although it may be soon to asses the overall impact of the reform into the social welfare policy, we all acknowledge that there are some notable changes.