Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence. Ronald Reagan Instagram sharing coming soon. Quote text and source copied to clipboard. Link to this quote copied to clipboard. More information about this quote Topic Welfare Safety net American politics Speaker Ronald Reagan Source The Los Angeles Times Medium Interview Newspaper Language English Time 1970 1970s 20th century Occupation American President National leader Politician From United States Authentication Score 0 More information on Authentication Score coming soon. Citation Reagan, Ronald. Interview. Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 1970. Citation text copied to clipboard.