The welfare reform deal of 1996 was a straight-up trade: tighter work requirements in return for more financial support for poor working families. Now the deal is coming unstuck as cash-squeezed state governments crippled by anti-tax ideology find themselves unable to come up with money for, e.g., day care. This would be a good time for the proponents of welfare reform to speak out in defense of the working poor.
The deal was more pressure to work in return for more help – especially day care – for working families. Now the help is falling victim to state-level budget-cutting.