I read the piece and made a comment about welfare. Why are you being a dick? Actually it did reform welfare as we knew it, which was the program that sent a check to qualified families that was replaced in 1996 with the more accountable TANF program. You are lumping every government assistance you can think of as welfare. Yes there are still people receiving cash and afraid to get off assistance, but it's hard to see how much more we can do but limit their time in the program and make them get training and seek work which is what the 90's reforms did. Many disagree. Welfare and poverty rates both declined during the late-1990s.