Welfare Hysteria

New York Times, November 14, 1995.


Catastrophe looms. A million children pushed into poverty. Children sleeping on grates. Calcutta on the Hudson. All caused by the Republican welfare bill. This is the message of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, liberal advocacy groups and editorial pages, all urging President Clinton toward a veto.

Most recently, the White House has endorsed a study said to show that more than a million children will be pushed into poverty by the Republican bill. Like all public policy projections, this analysis reflects the assumptions that the bill’s opponents brought to it. If so minded, the Republicans could use equally plausible assumptions to demonstrate that five years after their bill has been enacted a million fewer children will be in poverty.

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