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By James T. Patterson

ISBN-10: 0674004345

ISBN-13: 9780674004344

This new version of Patterson's normal e-book includes the tale of battles over poverty and social welfare via what the writer calls the "amazing 1990s," these years of amazing functionality of the economic system. He explores various matters coming up from the commercial phenomenon--increasing inequality and calls for to be used of a higher poverty definition. He focuses the tale at the impression of the hugely arguable welfare reform of 1996, glided by a Republican Congress and signed through a Democratic President Clinton, regardless of the laments of anguished liberals.

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35 A second force operating against a welfare state in America before 1930, especially before World I, was the lack of experience with or confidence in governmental answers to public problems. This attitude was not unique among western industrial countries, but it was especially strong in the United States. Any term such as “welfare state” was simply unthinkable in the American context, which celebrated voluntarism, federalism, rugged individualism, and political decentralization. 36 Voluntarism in America meant more than qualified laissez faire.

Talk of an intergenerational culture of poverty, however intriguing, obscures the highlight of any snapshot of 1900: the economy at that time was not abundant enough to prevent a uniquely high percentage of Americans of all ethnic backgrounds from falling into poverty. From this economic perspective, an emphasis on the familial or cultural attributes of the poor is highly misleading, and nostalgia about the good old days is nonsense. ” So assured and statistically minded a social engineer as Hoover could not have been altogether wrong.

35 A second force operating against a welfare state in America before 1930, especially before World I, was the lack of experience with or confidence in governmental answers to public problems. This attitude was not unique among western industrial countries, but it was especially strong in the United States. Any term such as “welfare state” was simply unthinkable in the American context, which celebrated voluntarism, federalism, rugged individualism, and political decentralization. 36 Voluntarism in America meant more than qualified laissez faire.

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