I would hope most Americans know that there are work requirements, means tests, and time limits on federal assistance. If not, please read:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporary_Assistance_for_Needy_Families. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children during the Clinton Administration. It is administered as block grants to the states, who design and administer their own programs. There is a 5 year LIFETIME limit on benefits, people have to look for work. Obviously, there is means testing. Unmarried minor parents have to have an approved living situation. Single parents have to participate in "work related activities" for 30 hrs per week. Two parent families 35-55 hours per week depending on circumstances.
Since 1996, U.S. welfare roles have dropped dramatically. Presumably, we have saved alot of money. I wonder where it went?
Remember the other big event, circa 1996, was the scrapping of health insurance reform. Had it been passed then, we might be seeing some savings now. Health insurance reform should have gone hand in hand with TANF. Conservatism is great, but passing one without the other certainly was not compassionate or even rational.
Next, I suppose Utah will simply start buying bus tickets for sick folks. Farquad wants them out of Duloc.