The reform of welfare reform will undo welfare reform
Less than a month into the Obama presidency, Congress is set to undo welfare reform -- one of the few things Democrats could be proud of:
Democrats must feel a special affection for the crown jewel of the Great Society, as they can't bear to see it altered.
Welfare caseloads nationally fell from 12.6 million in 1997 to fewer than five million in 2007. And yet despite this achievement, House Democrats are seeking to undo Mr. Clinton's reforms under the cover of the stimulus bill. [....]
Through a little noticed provision of the stimulus package that has passed the House of Representatives, the bill creates a fund for TANF [Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program] that is open-ended -- the same way Medicare and Social Security are. [....]
Or, as Dostoevsky put it:
... the [Left] loves its abomination and does not wish to see it threatened [....]Link to the WSJ is from Prof. Mankiw's blog.