Peter Edelman and Barbara Ehrenreich — Why welfare reform has failed

December 17, 2009 at 7:27 am Leave a comment

This is part of an article detailing how the current recession is affecting the poor in this country and how the 1996 welfare reform has left us unprepared to handle the crisis (see the link below to read the whole thing)

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When President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform into law, he didn’t just end welfare as we knew it. For all practical purposes, it turned out, he brought an end to cash help of any kind for families with children in much of the country. While welfare reform was long ago declared a success in some quarters, it was deeply flawed from the beginning. The recession has shown how seriously unprepared it left us for hard times…

The full article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/04/AR2009120402604.html

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