The Nation: Welfare: Trying to End the Nightmare

THE U.S. welfare system is a living nightmare that has reached the point of the involuntary scream and chill awakening. The nation spent about $14.2 billion on welfare last year, more than twice the outlay of only five years ago. Yet the 13.5 million Americans—6.3% of the population—who received that aid are only half the estimated number of the needy and eligible. Increased by the recession and the growing activism of welfare rights groups, the rolls continue to grow in every part of the country. After 35 years of legislation and programs, the world's wealthiest nation seems caught in a paradoxical...

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