Virginia's welfare reform started ten years ago, and is the subject of a quick Times-Dispatch article. The title and first few paragraphs lead the reader to believe that the welfare reform hasn't been that great.
Thousands of lives have changed in the decade since Virginia reformed its welfare system, but one critical factor hasn't: Many former recipients are still poor.
Terrible journalism. That critical factor has changed. Many instead of all of the former recipients are still poor. If you keep reading the article, the numbers speak for themselves. Nationally and statewide, welfare reform has been a big success, unless you would rather have people receive money for nothing instead of money for working.