Progressives love poor people to the point where they create more of them.
When working with a Republican congress, Bill Clinton passed welfare reform during his administration in 1996, which added a work requirement to receive aid. According to the Heritage Foundation, there were 1.6 million less children in poverty by 2005, employment of single mothers surged while their poverty rates declined by historic amounts, and the welfare caseload was cut in half.
On the other hand, Obama has undone the legacy of welfare reform by removing the work requirements for various welfare programs, which makes sense as a temporary policy, and expanded the duration that people would be eligible for benefits. Under his administration, poverty is at an all-time high and we’re in need of serious reform.