Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the Clinton welfare reform package, which “ended welfare as we know it.” In a sense, we didn’t really know how that would turn out until a time of stress. Unfortunately, for the group of low-income Americans who need welfare, that stress has been part of their lives for almost a decade.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 23, 2011 4:15 pm|
|By: David Dayen Friday October 8, 2010 6:59 am|
the economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, with the topline unemployment rate unchanged at 9.6%. 77,000 of those losses came from reductions at the 2010 US Census, so taking that out of the equation you’re still at -18,000. The private sector gained 64,000 jobs, the ninth straight month of private-sector gains. But government and public-sector jobs outside the Census also crashed, a victim of continued rolling budget cuts, mostly in education. That has furthered the jobs crisis.
|By: David Dayen Friday October 1, 2010 5:15 pm|
The stimulus actually proves the point that only job creation will balance the budget while contractionary measures won’t; more Democrats should be crowing about the stimulus, while insisting that more gets done. It’s a tricky two-step, but also a necessary one.