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Thanks to the historic tax reform passed by congressional Republicans at the end of last year, the economy is booming. Even better, the job market is exploding, and fewer workers are receiving unemployment benefits than at any point during the last 44 years.
What better time to reform welfare than when the economy is relieving the pressure on these programs?
This isn’t just a conservative issue. Increasingly, leaders from both parties have expressed concern about the ballooning of these programs. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he would vote against tax reform if we added one penny to the deficit. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., began a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times expressing worry about “add[ing] one penny to our deficit….” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said our debt “will fill our children and grandchildren’s boat with additional debt.” Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., was gravely concerned about “explod[ing] our nation’s deficit.”