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  •  Welfare reform (3+ / 0-)
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    xerico, TeresaInPa, mcmom

    allowed for 2 years of welfare, coupled with job training and placement programs. I think that was a pretty good approach. I haven't taken a look at the results (one would have to look at the numbers between 93 and 2000; Bush/Cheney of course, drove the entire economy down the tubes, with expanding inqualities), but wouldn't you rather that someone gets trained and gets a job and becomes self-dependent, rather than continues on welfare.

    If there were some shortcomings they should be fixed, but the fact of the matter is that the Clinton/Gore economy which created 22 millions jobs and lowered poverty rolls, was a strong and functional ecnomy that helpd people in all the economic strata.

    Considering the recessive and debt-ridden Bush-I economy that they assumed, the results are actually astounding.

    •  Good arguments, but there have been (1+ / 0-)
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      (no citation here) instances where single mothers have had to take two jobs, minimum wage, and still have not had income comensurate. Perhaps if the program had provided free or sliding fee day care for children, it would have been more humane. And, there are some people who cannot be trained for a job, for a plethora of reasons, including not being able to read or due simple math. Finally, any system that causes more stress for  children already living in poverty is a bad system.

      I think, therefore I am, I think.

      by mcmom on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 12:06:03 PM PDT

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