Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Secretary of Health & Human Services, Tommy Thompson writes in the Washington Post that we need to capitalize on the successes of welfare reform, not by playing it safe and resting on the good results of the 1996 welfare reform legislation, but by boldly funding more far reaching measures that will solidify the position of those who've been moved into the workforce from welfare dependency. In reporting on the impact of welfare reform, he cites some amazing statistics on the reduction of child poverty:

Welfare mothers have found their long-lost self-esteem. And child poverty rates are at their lowest level since 1978, with child poverty rates for African Americans and female-headed households at their lowest levels ever. All this is proof of welfare reform's positive effect on children.

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