Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Nation: This Week in Poverty: Greg Kaufmann: "Revealing The Real TANF": How To Build Off of Welfare To Work

This Week in Poverty: Revealing the Real TANF

This is not This Week in Poverty from FRSFreeStates exactly, chances are I'll have another post about it this week. But The Nation Magazine a very Progressive more Social-Democratic or Democratic-Socialist magazine. Has a weekly feature in it called This Week in Poverty written by Greg Kaufmann one of the things I like about The Nation. Even though its a magazine I rarely agree with but the fact they focus on these issues even with their Big Government solutions. Is a very contribution that should be respected.

Welfare to Work or TANF which stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families which is a public assistance program. That was designed to assist families where the parent or parents lack the skills in order to be able to make enough money to support themselves and their families. But its a contract, these parents get cash assistance to help them pay their bills to go along with things like Food Assistance. And Medicaid but what the country gets in return paid for by tax payers run by government. Is that the adults on this program have to prepare themselves to go to work. Finish their education so they have the skills that they need to get themselves a good job that would allow them to pay their own bills. And work not get kicked but work themselves off of public assistance and TANF was created to replace the old. Welfare Insurance System back in 1996, a Bi Partisan agreement between Conservative-Republicans and. Liberal-Democrats passed in a Republican Congress signed by Democratic President in 1996.

In 2009 as part of the 2009 American Recovery Act, President Obama along with the then Democratic Congress. Passed their own welfare reform which is knowing that with the Great Recession, with all of the jobs that would be cut. Especially for low skilled workers who perhaps have just entered the workforce. That instead of employers cutting these jobs, the Federal Government would subsidize these workers. So they can stay employed, continue to get work experience as well as job training. Again the theme I've been promoting, work and opportunity over dependence but thats just one example. You want to cut poverty in America and have less people on public assistance and more working. Then they have to have the incentive to work and be able to take care of themselves and that means. Making more money working then not working and having an economic system that promotes work and. Independence over public assistance and dependence.

So how you do that, for people who aren't working and on public assistance. First of all that would no longer be the case, if you are on any type of public assistance and physically and mentally capable of. Working full time but perhaps just lack good skills to get a good job and be successful in life. If you are on public assistance with these characteristics, you are either working, going to school or job training. Or  a combination of all of those things but once you sign up for public assistance you'll be expected to. Either be working at the time you sign up and if you are unemployed you'll be in school or in job training. And for the people who just signed up and haven't found classes or job training yet. And there is a window for people to go through before they are back in school like when classes start and that. Sorta of thing but these people would make less then people who aren't working but are already in education or job training.

So when TANF comes up again this year, people who are working will make more then people who aren't working. That would be my first reform but I would set up three pay scales for people on public assistance. For people who just got on public assistance, they would make less then people going through education and job training. And people on public assistance but who are working would make more then unemployed people who are not in education or job training jet. Or are going through that but don't have a job yet. That we promote education, work and independence over being uneducated, unemployment and dependence.