Chapter 2: Enforcing the Work Ethic

Chapter two of the book, Hays Flat Broke, details the welfare reforms work plan. Hays goes in detail to explain the force behind the reform, the process and the outcome of the work plan reform. The title of the chapter, Enforcing the Work Ethic, tells of the cultural assumption that underpins the welfare reform’s work plan. The work plan reforms are based on the belief that paying jobs ensures self-sufficiency and independence in individuals. In addition, the idea that most welfare recipients are lazy and poor because they do not work also geared the work reform. It is believed that getting the welfare mothers working will boost them from the poverty line to living normal lives.