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How welfare reform has hurt America’s poorest children

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nearmsp

US currently is at full employment. Anyone that wants a job can have one. Not linking work and child payments can and does lead to teenage moms having babies with multiple men and sitting on welfare. Majority of children from such single parent families become pregnant as teenagers and the boys pretty much become jail birds. 50% of US born black men will go to jail at some point in their lives. Asians on the other hand have household income that is higher than whites, which is good proof the situation with African Americans is not due to racism but a choice. So it is good that the welfare system is designed to encourage people to work and not lead to cradle to grave welfare system. A far left socialist publication based in London will no doubt advocate wealth transfer from those who work to those who prefer to sit inside the wagon. Trump's election is a direct outcome of working Americans being fed up of this type of welfare state.

B. Hotchkiss

Articles like this one could usefully discuss how to prevent parents' co-opting benefits intended for their children, as well as how to keep these programs from providing incentives for people who cannot afford to have children to have them anyway.

guest-aaawwwmj

After she gets out of jail, our blogger can take her in.
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Our blogger is the only one I know
who can fix stupid.
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Cleveland mom accused of killing, burying 5-year-old in backyard gives birth to 10th child
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Social workers said in court documents that her home was in "deplorable and unsanitary conditions." It was also infested with rats and cockroaches, and social workers found one child eating a cockroach-filled sandwich when they arrived at the house, records say.
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Rodriguez and a social worker, Nancy Caraballo, contracted to help the family through Catholic Charities admitted to a scheme in which the social worker paid Rodriguez about 50 cents on the dollar in cash for the use of Rodriguez's food stamp benefit card.
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Rodriguez used the money to pay for her cellphone bills, gasoline and to visit her boyfriend while he was in jail in Medina County, prosecutors said.
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http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/05/cleveland_mom_accused_o...
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ProgsCon

"this approach helps explain America’s comparatively poor performance in lifting children out of poverty."
When I read statements like that, my eyes always glaze over and I start reading another article.

Ultimately, it is the individual, and possibly help from their family, to pull them out of poverty. The State cannot and should not do that for them. Because it will not 'stick' if someone does it for you.

Kremilek2

I guess that this is not surprising since America is country known for its weak tendency for wealth redistribution. I guess that it would require a well-tailored program to help just poor children. Forcing their parents to work is not a bad idea since they serve as role models. The comparison with other OECD countries would require to compare also achievementsof poor children later in life.

guest-aaawwwmj

"Total federal spending on welfare programmes for children is only 2.1% of GDP, compared to federal spending worth more than 9% of GDP for the elderly. "
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Which one doesn't have the father listed on the birth certificate?
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Which one is product of the continuation and epitomizes
"The Great Society?"
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Which one has spent years contributing to the country via Federal, State, and local taxes?
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Which one has worked and contributed to Social Security - along with their employer?
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Which one has contributed to Medicare via payroll taxes?
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40% births out of wedlock is not something that is a sustainable
economic reality.
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And going forward....
Why should the 60% pay for the 40% ???
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jouris in reply to guest-aaawwwmj

If you are unhappy about births out of wedlock (which I agree are a problem) you need to do a couple of things:
-- make free contraceptives available. Especially, make them available to teenagers without parental consent, or even notification.
-- give some serious thought to forced sterilization after some number (maybe 3) of out of wedlock births.
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What you should NOT do is hurt the children in order to, you hope, punish the parent(s). It's not like the kid had a choice. And anything you can do to improve the odds that the child will be able to avoid the same path is all to the good.

WT Economist

"Total federal spending on welfare programmes for children is only 2.1% of GDP, compared to federal spending worth more than 9% of GDP for the elderly. "
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Guess which one will be going up in the next decade -- in the U.S. and U.K. -- and which has been going down?
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Generation Greed parties on.
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Meanwhile, what about education? Spending on teacher pensions is soaring. Spending on teachers teaching is going down.

guest-aaawwwmj in reply to WT Economist

Meanwhile, what about education? Spending on teacher pensions is soaring. Spending on teachers teaching is going down.
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We are talking of Federal spending.
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Education is state and local funding.
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A nice try at going off-topic, but you're busted.
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