Essay: WELFARE AND ILLFARE: THE ALTERNATIVES TO POVERTY

In Toledo, 150 women and children invaded welfare-department headquarters last month, tumbling workers from their chairs and tossing mounds of paper work onto the floor. In Boston, 50 others staged a raucous sit in at the Massachusetts Statehouse, refusing to budge until police carted them away. Forty-four more were arrested last week in Cleveland when they took over the big welfare offices on St. Clair Avenue. Such demonstrations by the welfare poor have become commonplace. Even as politicians and taxpayers bitterly complain about spiraling welfare budgets, those on the receiving end are...

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