Twenty years ago this week, President Bill Clinton signed a historic welfare reform bill formally known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act.
With this legislation, Clinton promised to “end welfare as we know it.” Ten years ago, he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times declaring it a success. Now, 20 years on, the transformation of the welfare system is complete, but the question remains: What kind of transformation has it been, and what has it meant for poor families in the U.S.?
A new report from the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at the University of California Berkeley finds that some key provisions have not only failed poor families, but exacerbated poverty, increased instability and worsened health outcomes for the families involved.
Trump has stirred up a lot of shit with his racist pronouncements, but there are many, many racists who have worked in American government or are working American government (yeah, looking at you little pinhead Paul Ryan).
One of the provisions of Clinton’s welfare reform is capping family assistance when another child is born. This is based upon the idea that black and Latino women only have babies in order to get more welfare assistance and you know that’s kinda a really racist idea.
But not only is Bubba J. not called a racist for passing legislation based on a racist understanding of non-white folks he’s embraced as a saviour of those very communities.