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02/25/2007 Archived Entry: "Surprise! (Not.) Welfare state growing despite "reform""

THIS WAS ENTIRELY PREDICTABLE back when Congress "reformed" welfare:

The welfare state is bigger than ever despite a decade of policies designed to wean poor people from public aid.

The number of families receiving cash benefits from welfare has plummeted since the government imposed time limits on the payments a decade ago. But other programs for the poor, including Medicaid, food stamps and disability benefits, are bursting with new enrollees.

The result, according to an Associated Press analysis: Nearly one in six people rely on some form of public assistance, a larger share than at any time since the government started measuring two decades ago.

Only surprise is that it took anybody 10+ years to notice.

Posted by Claire @ 06:39 PM CST

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