Poverty: Workfare Belabored

There is an amazing degree of agreement about the nation's public welfare system: almost no one denies that the federal-state-local mishmash operates to keep millions on the dole, deprives many others of needed help, vexes taxpayers and tolerates a wide range of inequities and abuses that cry out for reform. There was every indication last week, however, that the cry would not be heeded very soon. The Administration's 14-month-old proposal to overhaul the system has reached a legislative impasse.

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