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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 15, 2015, 08:11 AM

24. You do realize Bill Clinton wrecked welfare with his "welfare reform", right?

Clinton Touts Welfare Reform. Here's How It Failed.
Sept 2012

...But while welfare reform may have initially reduced poverty, it left those still living at that income level worse off than they were before, reaching fewer of them and giving those it did reach less. And our poverty rates didn’t stay low. When they began to rise again, the program couldn’t offer them the support it used to. The recession has been a crystal clear, and incredibly painful, demonstration of this fact.

Dylan Matthews has already taken a look at the claim that millions moved off of welfare’s rolls and poverty was reduced. As he writes, the program’s numbers have steadily fallen since 1996: “Since reform, the rolls have shrunk from 12.6 million to 4.6 million.” The number of people in poverty “fell by 6.4 million people under Clinton, whereas the number of people in poverty increased by 7.4 million between 1981 and 1993 (and the rate went from 14 percent to 15.1 percent).” There is a catch, though. “But it’s worth noting that welfare reform led to a huge spike in extreme poverty, as defined as the number of households making under $2 a day,” Matthews adds.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has done excellent work to track TANF’s failures. “While the official poverty rate among families declined in the early years of welfare reform, when the economy was booming and unemployment was extremely low, it started increasing in 2000 and now exceeds its 1996 level,” it reports. “Over the last 16 years, the national TANF caseload has declined by 60 percent, even as poverty and deep poverty have worsened.” In fact, nearly 70 percent of poor families with children received cash assistance in 1996; in 2009, less than 30 percent did. And the families who are able to access benefits aren’t getting much.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/169788/clinton-touts-welfare-reform-heres-how-it-failed


And much like Third Way is now saying NAFTA was bad for American workers but the TPP will be good, they're now saying Clinton's Welfare "Reform" should be fixed. Bill Clinton himself is saying it, which clues us in on how his wife will approach the issue...

Bill Clinton Says Big Flaw In His Welfare Reform Should Be Fixed
May 2014

Earlier this week, former President Bill Clinton delivered a 90-minute defense of his economic record, which some are analyzing through the prism of Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential campaign.

But within that defense, Clinton admitted to a big mistake: the five-year time limit on welfare benefits for parents with children.

As Clinton noted, it’s not necessarily a problem when jobs are readily available, but it’s just plain cruel in the middle of a jobs crisis.

"It did far more good than harm. But now, given the changed climate and the aftermath of the crash, the poorest welfare families, about 15% of the total, are worse off. And we should do something for them. And all of us who supported it should admit that … We shouldn’t have a five-year time limit that includes prolonged recessions."

http://ourfuture.org/20140502/bill-clinton-says-big-flaw-in-his-welfare-reform-should-be-fixed


And that "crash" was brought about by the repeal of Glass-Steagall, which was his doing...

Can we really afford another Clinton's supposed caring on social issues? There's what is said while campaigning, and then what is done in office.

They seem to be more in line with Republicans, and it has hurt our country.






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