Welfare to Work is the main US government strategy to reduce poverty. It is operated by the federal and state governments. Welfare support, such as Medicaid health insurance, childcare, food stamps and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), is linked to finding work. For example, EITC is worth up to $3,250 for the first child and is only available to those actively seeking employment or who have taken up employment.
Successes of Welfare to Work:
Criticisms of Welfare to Work:
TANF is a federal financed but state run programme aimed at getting as many single parents back to work as possible. It offers both employability and childcare support. Welfare benefits are linked to finding or looking for work. TANF is only available for a maximum of five years.
Criticisms of TANF
The ARRA was an economic stimulus package enacted by the 111th Congress in February 2009. The act was based largely on proposals made by President Obama to provide a stimulus to the US economy in the wake of the economic downturn.
Economists in the US are divided over the ARRA. Some agree a stimulus package was needed to help US economy but this did not go far enough or was the wrong package. Others feel ARRA has damaged the US economy as the US national debt has soared.