Well, maybe there is a glimmer of hope. The president in the state of the union address said this about the EITC program:
“There are other steps we can take to help families make ends meet, and few are more effective at reducing inequality and helping families pull themselves up through hard work than the Earned Income Tax Credit. Right now, it helps about half of all parents at some point. But I agree with Republicans like Senator Rubio that it doesn’t do enough for single workers who don’t have kids. So let’s work together to strengthen the credit, reward work, and help more Americans get ahead.”
Representative Ryan, the Republican head of the House Ways and Means Committee, said this about the universal credit being installed in Briton: "The [British] government is now putting this idea into practice, and it's going through a rough patch. But the basic concept is sound. Britain collapsed six means-tested programs into one overall payment. And unlike the old programs, which abruptly cut off once a family made a certain amount of money, the Universal Credit tapers off gradually. But the payment isn't a giveaway. Every recipient, except the disabled, must either have a job or be actively looking for one."
There is a glimmer of hope here. The president is talking about more cash to the poor while supporting work and without the expansion of bureaucracy or new programs. Representative Ryan is talking about embracing the safety net through simplification, coordination and fixing the work and marriage penalties. These comments are focused on the positives of change and therein lies any hope for welfare reform. Reform is an opportunity far more than it’s a danger.
Check out this video that makes the point.