The System Doesn't Work. This Might

After three decades of bitter debate, the political system now seems on the verge of a remarkable consensus: Welfare as we know it must end. Changing a system so obviously flawed is a worthy goal, but the challenges are enormous. How can the typical welfare family--an unwed mother with two kids, little education, and few job skills--become self-sufficient? "Never in history," says Douglas J. Besharov of the American Enterprise Institute, "have poorly educated single mothers with children been an economically viable family."

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