Along with ending actual welfare aid, the Clinton administration took the first steps to begin similarly "reforming" Social Security. Social Security provides retirement, disability and survivors' benefits. Clinton began by targeting the disabled.
Social Security isn't only a retirement program for middle class workers. In fact, millions of elderly women who were never in the workforce, paying into Social Security, were able to survive their senior years because of it. Workers who become severely disabled, no longer able to work, can survive because of it.
As a result of Clinton's cuts, the disabled had become the fastest-growing group of homeless Americans by 2000. (Benefits were finally restored by the Obama administration.) America's only response to this crisis remained the ongoing calls to protect benefits for middle class workers.
Either demand the protection of Social Security in whole, or expect to lose it all in the foreseeable future as our government dismantles it incrementally. The call to "Protect Social Security for Some" remains powerfully divisive and counter-productive. Remember that our former welfare aid was dismantled the same way, one cut/one piece at a time, from General Assistance to AFDC.