Since 1930 the United States has had some program helping to provide social welfare. The policy's that began as way's to help America out of the depression have become ways to preserve, and improve social well being. In this Paper I will examine three areas of policy and policy making in social welfare. I will discuss the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Social Security, and Homelessness, and the types of politics associated with them.
In 1996 congress passed a bill reforming the welfare program. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 changed many of the policies of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS). It unified these two programs under Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). One of the reasons that this reform was needed was because of the need for legitimacy associated with client politics. In order for the public to support aid to people they must see good reason for it. When AFDC was first created, it was for the purpose of siding single mothers whose husband had been killed in war or mining accidents, it was not meant to be permanent aid. The public saw this as a legitimate reason for