Welfare Reform: The Vicious Cycle

When young, single women have children, it almost guarantees they will be poor. Can welfare reform break the pattern?

One day this past winter there came a defining moment in the fight over the true cause of America's moral breakdown. It was the day police in Chicago arrived at a small apartment, opened the door and faced 19 children living in a squalor so wretched that one child pleaded to a female officer, "Will you be my mommy? I want to go home with you."

This is how a conservative like Bill Bennett responds to a crime scene like that: "Body count!" barks the former Education Secretary. "Body count, yes, body count. Kids dying, kids abused, kids cut up, kids...

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