Welfare | Twenty years after sweeping changes to the welfare system, anti-poverty programs continue to ignore men
by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/23/16, 12:21 pm
WASHINGTON—Twenty years after the last major welfare reform, U.S. poverty rates have shown marginal improvement. But according to policy experts, future changes need a new target: men.
“We don’t believe there’s anybody in our caseload who has had an immaculate conception,” said Eloise Anderson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. “We really want to go after fathers.”
On Aug. 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed bipartisan legislation to reform the welfare system.
“Today, we are ending welfare as we know it,” he proclaimed.