American Myths About Poverty

Photo: A Church in Northwest Detroit on Rosa Parks Blvd.
Northwest Detroit on Rosa Parks Blvd.
Some highlights from Eduardo Porter’s recent New York Times piece “The Myth of Welfare’s Corrupting Influence on the Poor“…just more evidence that social analysis must always trump “conventional wisdom.”
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Today, almost 20 years after Mr. Clinton signed a law that stopped the federal entitlement to cash assistance for low-income families with children, the argument has solidified into a core tenet influencing social policy not only in the United States but also around the world.

And yet, to a significant degree, it is wrong. Actual experience, from the richest country in the world to some of the poorest places on the planet, suggests that cash assistance can be of enormous help for the poor. And freeing them from what President <a title="More articles about Ronald Wilson Reagan." Continue reading “American Myths About Poverty”