Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality by Joel F. Handler

By Joel F. Handler

With the passage of the 1996 welfare reform, not just welfare, yet poverty and inequality have disappeared from the political discourse. The decline within the welfare rolls has been hailed as a hit. This booklet demanding situations that assumption. It argues that whereas many unmarried moms left welfare, they've got joined the operating terrible, and fail to make a good residing. The ebook examines the continual demonization of bad single-mother households; the effect of the low-wage industry on perpetuating poverty and inequality; and the function of the welfare paperwork in defining deserving and not worthy terrible. It argues that the emphasis on kin values - marriage advertising, intercourse schooling and abstinence - is inaccurate and diverts awareness from the industrial hardships low-income households face. The publication proposes an alternate method of decreasing poverty and inequality that facilities on a kid's allowance as easy source of revenue help coupled with jobs and common baby care.

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5 of the poverty line. 5 below the poverty line). 5 below the poverty line). Similarly, by age 75, 58 percent would experience at least one year of poverty, 46 percent at least two years of poverty, and 39 percent at least three years of poverty. These risks are not evenly distributed in the population. 54 The experience of poverty is highly dynamic. 5 percent of those who were not poor in 1996 became poor in 1999. 56 This suggests that poverty spells are fairly short (see Figure 2–2). Indeed, a majority of poverty spells57 are from two to four months.

They were tracked annually, including their children and adults who eventually moved out and formed their own households. Those who dropped out of the study were replaced by individuals with similar characteristics. S. population. Between 1968 and 1997, there were thirty waves of interviews. Rank (2004), pp. 91–92. Rank (2004), p. 92. , p. 96. J. Iceland (2003a). Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty 1996–1999. S. Census Bureau, pp. 1–9. , p. 4. Measured as being poor for at least two months.

It is time to stop obsessing over the malingerer or shirker and to address the needs of the majority of the poor. The proposals that would provide families with a basic income merely approach the poverty threshold. This is important – and we do support a 17:49 P1: KAE 0521870356c01 CUFX067/Handler 16 printer: cupusbw 0 521 87035 6 September 24, 2006 Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality universal children’s allowance – but as we have argued, the poverty threshold is not an adequate standard.

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