Some of These Programs are Very Transactional…But They’re Not Transformational

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the House Budget Committee’s Wednesday hearing, Restoring the Trust for America’s Most Vulnerable, Robert Doar, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, made the case that while today’s safety net programs often succeed in providing poor Americans with a material benefit, they do very little in helping encourage people to take the next step toward achieving a real transformation that will lead to a brighter, more secure future:

“I think we learned from welfare reform that you need both support, but also some case management, some pushing. And some of these programs are very transactional – they are very good at figuring out how to get you the assistance – but they’re not transformational. They don’t help people move up and into more work.”