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Samantha Waterhouse 29647822 One of the important points in the first chapter of $2 A Day by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer is the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. This act, signed by President Clinton, ended welfare as America had known it and irrevocably changed the lives of poor Americans. Welfare went from a traditional system, called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), to a new system that they called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). AFDC consisted of giving poor Americans financial support from the federal government. “This program offered cash to those who could prove their economic need and demanded little in return” (10). TANF had a new twist on the original welfare system, in that it required the applicants to meet a range of strict requirements that varied from each state before getting any financial support. This new plan also stated that no one with children would have a legal right to get any sort of financial support from the government, even if the family had no other way of getting an income. “A
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