by Michael D. Tanner Michael D. Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the author of The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society and other books. Added to cato.org on February 13, 2009 This article appeared in the New York Post on February 13, 2009 Full article here On the Dole Again Signing Welfare reform was one of the great things Clinton did. It ended a System that encouraged States to keep people on the roles, in order to keep getting Federal Funds. This is a giant step backwards, and a giant step toward a welfare state. Breeding dependency, and waste.