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July 21, 2001
Under welfare reform, those on welfare must go to work after five years. One in five recipients is exempted from those time limits for "good cause," such as poor health of the mother or a child. A new national study now suggests that for every mother excused for poor health, twice as many suffer from debilitating physical and mental ailments or are raising children who are so sick that their parents cannot possibly keep a job. Juggling a sick child with work is not a new challenge.
September 17, 1997 | Patrice Apodaca
The optimistic job-growth forecasts might be tempered by this observation: Orange County needs to provide 27,000 jobs for people coming off public assistance in the next few years due to welfare reform, according to the state Senate Office of Research. Some critics have said such estimates understate the true number because they don't account for new people coming onto the welfare rolls.
February 9, 1997
Re "Study Tracks Pay That Women Need to Escape Welfare," Jan. 28: What is wrong with this picture? First, the mothers could achieve self-sufficiency if the fathers were providing support. Secondly, another way of achieving this is to eliminate most of the costs of child care by teaming up with a partner (a.k.a. husband, parent or housemate) and working opposite shifts and caring for each other's children. This is how we did it when our children were young and this is how a lot of couples still do it today.
December 10, 1994
Re "Homeless? Hungry? It's All Your Fault," Column Left, Dec. 1: Left-wing scholars like Roger Boesche, not living in the real world, miss the point. Newt Gingrich and other conservatives are as compassionate as the good professor with regard to hunger and homelessness. Their approach to improve the situation is different! It may not be the fault of the people who find themselves in these difficult situations; however, it is definitely not other citizens' fault. Everyone makes choices every day that generally determine your position down the road.
January 4, 1999
Welfare rolls are at their lowest level in nearly three decades. The exodus is credited to tough welfare reform, a decline in the teen pregnancy rate and a vibrant economy that absorbed the most employable adults. Now comes the tougher challenge: employment of hard-core, long-term recipients who have neither the skill nor much will to work.
July 18, 1997
Re "State Welfare Negotiations: More Than the Bottom Line," editorial, July 10: Wake up! The year is 1997. It is very reasonable for someone to find and secure appropriate employment in a one-year period. Gov. Pete Wilson's plan to emphasize a "back to work" attitude is appropriate and just. Welfare rolls are shrinking around the country because recipients are being told to find work instead of having employment opportunities find them. The issue of mothers securing appropriate day care is of the utmost importance to the governor.
The number of Los Angeles County residents on welfare has fallen by almost a quarter in three years, the result of tough reform laws and a buoyant economy that has eased the transition to the workplace for the most able-bodied. But social scientists say progress may slow just as dramatically, as the most employable welfare recipients are eased out of the system, leaving behind families with more stubborn problems.
August 8, 2012 | By Seema Mehta and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. - Courting frustrated middle-class voters, Mitt Romney accused President Obama on Tuesday of trying to weaken work requirements for welfare recipients, feeding a "culture of dependency" and undermining a hard-fought bipartisan agreement that is credited with reducing poverty in America. "I hope you understand President Obama in just the last few days has tried to reverse that accomplishment by taking the work requirement out of welfare," Romney told supporters gathered in a precision machining factory in this Chicago suburb hours after he unveiled an ad on the subject.
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