Having their cake and eating it, too, was the push behind Welfare Reform in the late '90s. What a lot of people don't realize is that the reform was not about removing people off the rolls; it was about privatizing. For all the right reasons, people were led to believe privatizing is the answer to get gov't out of our personal lives. Reality has shown, however, the companies holding the contracts remain an invisible middleman because the contracts are held by the federal gov't.<quoted text>Sue is a great big fan of cake. She likes having it, and eating it, and bouncing her heels on the floor for it.
Before reform, the federal gov't worked with the state gov'ts and things ran (almost) effortlessly. There was some fraud and some families who remained on the rolls their entire lives, but these numbers were small compared with the rest who did use it for temporary means. Welfare was never meant to provide needy people comfortably. Never. It was designed to leave people wanting more with the firm belief they would seek to improve their lives. And most did. Not all, but a higher number than those who abused it.
I, personally, think bringing in the middleman and labeling it "reform" was slim-shady. It was wrapped up nicely in WI (the test state) and covered in colorful ribbons, but it was not altogether forthcoming about its true goals. And the true goals have shown to be creating corporations who, themselves, receive "corporate welfare" and are the money behind the politicians who in turn do what the corporations want, not what the people need.
Here's an example.