Haskins blows hot and cold in this article and in the process gives good insight into RINO logic.
On one hand, Haskins points out how welfare reform was universally condemned by the left. Yet, to most people's astonishment, "tough love" works. "Poor mothers scored a victory for themselves and their children, showing that given adequate motivation and support from work-based government programs, they can join the American mainstream, set an example for their children and communities, and pull themselves and their children out of poverty."
Then Haskins does an about face and argues that, "Now and for the foreseeable future, the nation will have millions of poorly educated and unmarried young mothers who are capable of producing labor value of around $8 per hour when they first enter the labor market. They face a Hobson's choice of living in poverty on welfare or living in poverty while working--unless government subsidizes their income.
Of course, an important question that Haskins fails to consider is why it is better to back off from a program that works in favor of a program that doesn't.
posted on 07/30/2006 12:31:11 PM PDT
He also misses the biggest point of all - if young girls see their friends having to make an unpleasant "Hobson's Choice", many will rationally decide to do whatever it takes to avoid getting knocked up.
Unless, of course, you believe that poor minority girls are incapable of making rational choices - which is ultimately the racism that liberals believe.
posted on 07/30/2006 12:40:50 PM PDT
In an act of remarkable political courage, Mr. Clinton defied senior members of his own party
BS. He did it to save his political rear.
Morris told him to sign it or loss the election.
posted on 07/30/2006 12:44:37 PM PDT
(The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money -- M. Thatcher)
Mr. Clinton defied senior members of his own party and most of the American left and signed the radical bill into law.
Let's not forget that Bent Willie bent with the wind. There was not a single principle, liberal or conservative that he would defend if the poll numbers were against him. The guy even polled where to vacation. Bill Clinton believed then and believes now in Bill Clinton. Period. It is a miracle we survived such a narcissist.
posted on 07/30/2006 12:52:45 PM PDT
(Democrats soil institutions.)
I remember Clinton's promise to "fix it" as he signed it. I will give credit where credit is due, welfare reform was initially proposed by a Donk. Tommy Thompson picked up the ball & made welfare reform all his own. Wisconsin applied for waivers & Clinton turned down those applications for years. Next thing ya know, Clinton's given full credit for it.
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