America needs welfare reform, and the need is acute. The national unemployment rate is near record lows, sitting at just 4.1 percent. Employers are desperate for workers, with more jobs across the country open and unfilled than virtually any point since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking them. But despite a strong economy, there are nearly 21 million able-bodied adults dependent on food stamps — three times as many as 2000. Spending on these adults has grown fivefold. And most are on the sidelines, not working at all.
But there’s a light on the horizon.