How did the 1996 Welfare Reform Act change the welfare system? What was the main change? Has it worked? Most importantly, should Congress be in charge of deciding how the welfare system works? If you argue that they should, tell me why; if you argue that they shouldn’t, tell me why not – and who should.
Introduced by Rep. E. Clay Shaw, Jr. and signed into law by Bill Clinton on August 22, 1996, The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) instituted Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which is tasked with providing cash assistance to destitute American families with dependent children, primarily through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The bill also added a workforce development component to welfare legislation, with the primary motivation of encouraging employment among the poorer sections of the population. The institution of a workforce development component to the bill was a positive step towards the financial independence of those who are receiving benefits from the program as it promotes employment among the lower end of the financial ladder.
I feel that Congress represents the interest of the people in a more legitimate manner, and should also maintain control over the way in which the welfare system works. A comparative example would be the Obama Administrations recent expansion of the meaning of the word “work” in reference to the work requirement portion,the workforce development component, however is setting the wrong tone for welfare reform as it has been expanded to include many less productive forms of activity such as: substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and other rehabilitation activities. Work not only provides a means of supplying us with those items which we need to survive, but also help to foster a more productive and motivated individual.
Consider the various areas of policy in which problems may be on the agenda but, as of yet, no policy has been formulated or implemented. What is one policy you would like to see implemented, and how would you formulate it? Be specific here in terms of gaining support, maintaining constitutional support, and consider how politicians may be able to support without losing electoral support.
One policy I would like to see formulated or implemented would be legislation to address the issues relating to our individual privacy in the digital age. I would formulate it as an Online Bill of Rights of sort that would list out the limits and extents into which the government can tread onto our individual privacy in the digital realm.
I feel that this legislation would face minimal resistance from the general public, as they have the most to gain from individual privacy. While those who generally benefit from an open and free policy when it comes to digital privacy would generally face increased challenges and limits when it comes to their general practices for data collection. Although, this group would also have more funding as their is great income potential and value in the digital profiles of individuals.