Originally Posted by jimrome
It's not just Bush, it was Bush, CLinton and Reagan. Problem is, Obama is doing the same things they did. People who think that Obama has ruined the country in 2 years have no understanding of history and should be avoided at all costs.
It started WAY before that. As I have said in a few other posts, I am no longer left, right, or independent. POLITICS HAVE FAILED.
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
caseloads increased dramatically from the 1930s to the 1960s as restrictions on the availability of cash support to poor families (especially single-parent, female-headed households) were reduced. Under the Social Security Act
of 1935, federal funds only covered part of relief costs, providing an incentive for localities to make welfare difficult to obtain. More permissive Northern laws were put to the test during the Great Migration between 1940 and 1970 in which millions of people migrated from the agricultural South to the more industrial North.
Additionally, all able-bodied adults without children as well as two-parent families were originally disqualified from obtaining AFDC funds. Court rulings during the Civil Rights Movement
struck down many of these regulations, creating new categories of people eligible for relief. Community organizations, such as the National Welfare Rights Organization
, also distributed informational packets informing citizens of their ability to receive government assistance. Between 1936 and 1969, the number of families receiving support increased from 162,000 to 1,875,000.
After 1970, however, federal funding for the program lagged behind inflation. Between 1970 and 1994, typical benefits for a family of three fell 47% after adjusting for inflation.
I was paid well under percentile wages in Ocala FL. (2001-2007) because of the ridiculous agricultural laws. What a crock. GREED, GREED, GREED, will be the ultimate downfall of America.
Frances Fox Piven
questioned whether the problem with AFDC was not so much a problem with the welfare system, but with the structuring of low-wage work in general:
"Logically, but not in the heated and vitriolic politics created by the attack on welfare, a concern with the relationship of welfare to dependency should have directed attention to the deteriorating conditions of the low-wage labor market. After all, if there were jobs that paid living wages, and if health care and child care were available, a great many women on AFDC would leap at the chance of a better income and a little social respect."
The word in red needs changed to 'people'. Logic has NO PLACE in politics. Politics needs DUMPED.
Welfare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The National Review
editorialized that the Economic Stimulus Act of 2009
will reverse the welfare-to-work provisions that Bill Clinton signed in the 1990s and again base federal grants to states on the number of people signed up for welfare rather than at a flat rate.
One of the experts who worked on the 1996 bill said that the provisions would lead to the largest one-year increase in welfare spending in American history.
The House bill provides $4 billion to pay 80% of states' welfare caseloads.
Although each state received $16.5 billion annually from the federal government as welfare rolls dropped, they spent the rest of the block grant on other types of assistance rather than saving it for worse economic times.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tried to post the Average Monthly TANF Recipients, Percent of U.S. Families in Poverty and Unemployment Rate graph, but it came out wrong. If interested you'll have to click on the above link. The dates are 1996 - 2007.
Poverty levels are due to a lack of LIVABLE WAGES and because the richest in our country are, I'll say it again, GREEDY.
The United States, since The Great Depression, hasn't ever REALLY recovered. If we had, this one among many recession/depressions in between, would never have happened.