Standing in the Rose Garden in 1996 when President Clinton signed the landmark welfare reform law, I was proud but apprehensive: What if our new, "work first" social policy didn't work?
Thankfully, it worked better than anyone expected. Not only did it help move millions of low-income families toward the dignity of work and self-sufficiency, it also deprived Republicans of one of their most potent "wedge" issues.
Now Mitt Romney is trying to resurrect the welfare issue. In this piece from today's Daily Beast, I explain why he's mostly wrong, and wholly cynical.
I hope you find it interesting.
President, Progressive Policy Institute