S.1904, the Welfare Reform Act of 2011
While shopping for your own holiday feast, you no doubt saw signs asking for donations of non-perishable food to give to the needy. And while that food goes to those who truly need it, all too often, federal welfare spending goes to those who do not.
Because welfare spending has increased every year since the War on Poverty began in 1964, and because poverty has increased despite spending $16 trillion during that time, it is high time that welfare programs be reformed.
In 1996, a Republican-led Congress forced President Bill Clinton to sign a welfare reform bill which resulted in 3.5 million people getting off the government’s dole. Since then, the Washington Establishment has actively worked to reverse that progress, which is why a new reform bill is needed.
Enter Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), both of whom introduced the Welfare Reform Act of 2011 (S.1904 / H.R.1167). This bill would build on the success of the 1996 reforms by encouraging independence and self-sufficiency. It would also disclose the real cost of America’s welfare system and cap overall costs. It would also extend the 1996 work requirements to those that participate in the Food Stamp Program.
Not only does our government need to reduce its role in our lives, but we, the American people need to take a more active role in our own. We can’t rely on the government for everything, personal responsibility needs to be reinvigorated. It is not the American Dream to rely on the federal government for everything; it is about building yourself up through hard work, perseverance and entrepreneurship. These reforms will empower individuals to get back on that track.
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