National Review Online chronicles the success story of welfare reform in their NRO Editorial today:
Ronald Reagan famously quipped that Washington had launched a war on poverty and poverty had won. By the early 1990s, over $5 trillion had been spent on welfare programs, and annual outlays on those programs had grown larger even than the defense budget. Swelling welfare rolls, chronic dependency, and rising illegitimacy rates accompanied this spending surge — until a Republican congressional majority came along. With next week marking the tenth anniversary of the GOP welfare reform, now is a good time to reflect on the most successful transformation of social policy in 50 years.