DIVIDING LINE: LET THEM EAT BIRTHDAY CAKE

CLINTON'S WELFARE REFORM DISMAYS THE PRESIDENT'S FAVORITE POVERTY SCHOLAR

Did anyone else find it unnerving that only days before Bill Clinton signed a welfare-reform law that will plunge more than a million children into official poverty, he marked his 50th birthday with glitzy celebrations in New York City that added $10 million to his party's bulging campaign war chest? Shades of Marie Antoinette, Newt Gingrich and Jesse Helms.

As Democrats convene in Chicago within a few blocks of some of the nation's most downtrodden neighborhoods, Clinton and his Administration reek of tin-plated noblesse oblige. When he signed the new law last week, the President boasted that it would help the...

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