Nov 01 1997

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

1.4 million welfare recipients get disappeared

The debate is over,” declared President Clinton on August 11. “We know now that welfare reform works.” One year after passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRA), Clinton chose an event hosted by Rep. Dick Gephardt (D.-Mo.), an opponent of the law that had eliminated most federal guarantees to aid, to proclaim victory in the war to end welfare as we know it. As far as the nation’s news media were concerned, the debate certainly was over. News outlets by and large echoed Clinton’s words, marking the first anniversary of the PRA’s passage by declaring that […]