Clip File: Why welfare reform fails its recession test

"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." - Peter Edelman and Barbara Ehrenreich (Washington Post 2009-12-06).

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