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    that the criticism of AFDC was that it was structured in such a way as to create a disincentive for people to get back into the workforce.

    Is there a way to restructure TANF so that it is there for people in need but allows folks to transition to the workforce without ending up in worse shape then they would be by remaining in the program?

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 02:47:25 PM PDT

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      program first started like payments for childcare, continued Medicaid, assistance finding work. I don't remember the others. And I don't know whether they still exist. The problem, as mentioned in the diary, is that many of the recipients had little or no work experience. So, when the economy dips, they're the first to lose their jobs. The program also has a 5 year lifetime limit. There was an exception to that if the parent had children under the age of 3. I'm not sure, but I seem to remember that the age was lowered. That being the case, "remaining in the program" is no longer an option, regardless of whether the family would be "in worse shape."

      And may I note: When AFDC was ended, it was reported that the whole program consisted of 1% of the federal budget. Hardly enough to make such a big deal about. But it's such a good wedge to pit people against people.

      Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

      by HappyinNM on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 04:43:47 PM PDT

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