A Well-Intentioned Change Has Made A Problem Worse.

Thoughts after reading Nicholas Kristof’s “Why I Was Wrong about  Welfare Reform”  Published in The New York Times.
“Not well intentioned”, and twenty years is a lot of years and a lot of pain, but ok, Kristof. What are you going to do about this change of heart now, besides write your column?
I have a few ideas.
Tell Hillary, Bill, and other Dems to come up with something better, maybe with a Universal Basic Income at its core, instead of any conditional, categorical parsing out of economic rights?
Openly critique the whole neoliberal anti-social agenda of criminal justice reform, work requirements, time limits and income caps for everything public which is left, like food stamps, public housing, student debt relief, etc. etc?  It’s all of part of twenty years of “bipartisanship”. Say it’s “enough” to anyone anywhere who listens to you.
Support and promote national and local poor people’s movements, like the new Poor People’s Campaign. They are folks who have kept the faith for welfare rights and human rights, while so many professionalist allies moved on.
Hear from and publicize the voices of the individuals and groups from all sorts of places who so strongly opposed “welfare reform” in the 1990’s. We knew then even more than you know now. Get our voices re-heard with the respect we were never accorded then.
For once, I’m willing to say “we told you so”.
– Ann
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