In the article on welfare reform, the author shows that liberal ideologues never learn from their mistakes. Increases in welfare benefits, as part of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society program, caused millions of one-worker middle class families to send additional workers into the labor force to maintain their living standards in the face of higher taxes and inflation. These additional middle-class workers displaced many of the working poor from their jobs, turning them into the nonworking poor. Now the auth or would have us solve the problem of the nonworking poor with more welfare benefits. It is comforting that President-elect Clinton recognizes the need to get the United States off the welfare treadmill. Eric J. Klieber, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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