Cutting the honeymoon short

"Cutting the honeymoon short" Continued...

Issue: "New breed of homeless," Feb. 28, 2009

Neoliberal Slate commentator Mickey Kaus smells an ideological rat: "Why use the aid specifically to encourage expansion of welfare? . . . At the very least the extra aid to the states shouldn't be triggered by caseload expansion. (You could, for example, give states aid in proportion to their local unemployment rate.)"

Brookings Institution analyst Ron Haskins says he doesn't think "the intention of Congress is to overturn the 1996 reforms." Maybe, but this is round one, with the left so far winning. Round two will be next year when the 1996 reform law is up for reauthorization.

Editor's Note: This article has been edited to reflect that Sen. John Thune hails from South Dakota.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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