Meg Whitman: California’s flawed welfare system
By MEG WHITMAN
Republican candidate for governor of California
During the Rose Garden signing ceremony in August 1996 of his landmark welfare reform law, President Bill Clinton told a welfare-to-work story that had inspired him to join with Congressional Republicans and pursue reforms to break the difficult cycle of dependency. The Washington Post reported Clinton describing how a decade earlier he had asked Lillie Hardin, a former welfare recipient in Arkansas, what the best thing was about being off welfare. Ms. Hardin replied, “When my boy goes to school and they say, what does your momma do for a living? He can give an answer.”
For too many Californians, the heartbreaking truth is that their son or daughter has been left with no good answer. That is because while other states have made progress in reforming welfare, California has been left behind.
… Today, 32 percent of all welfare cases in the United States are in California, even though we only represent 12 percent of the total U.S. po