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But this is the part that upsets me the most. The only reason that Clinton’s welfare reform” didn’t end in disaster was because of the earned income tax credit. Now Bush wants to take a swipe at that:

Perhaps most strikingly, the administration is imposing stringent new controls over some of the most popular programs for the poor, to stop what the budget documents call erroneous payments.” Under the plan, families applying for free or reduced-price school lunches would have to submit more paperwork, including welfare records and wage data.

The Bush plan also calls for the Internal Revenue Service to begin pre-certifying low-income working families that want to claim the earned income tax credit. The EITC — which is “refundable,” meaning that if the credit is worth more than what a taxpayer owes, the extra is paid to the taxpayer in cash — is the government’s main assistance program for low-income working families.