Bill Clinton, for the first time in 60 years, eliminated the federal safety net for the poor.
The economic bubble of the late 1990s hid the impacts of this legislation during its first five years. But even then, the studies were mixed. A 2002 report by the Chicago, Ill.-based Joyce Foundation found that while hundreds of thousands of welfare recipients in the Midwest went to work since 1996, most had “taken jobs that pay low wages, are part-time, or don’t last … As a result, most of those who have made the transition from welfare to work remain poor.”
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