See excellent article by Claire Higgins, former Mayor of Northampton MA:
The article answers a research study done by the CATO Institute, a very conservative think tank, on welfare recipients.
There used to be a war on poverty; now there is a war on poor people, especially poor families. As happens often at times of downturns in the economy, people who themselves are in trouble get upset at others who are in trouble. Then some politicl people take over to take advantage of this situation.
I have been extremely concerned that, while there is some recognition of the plight of the middle class in the present economic situation, very poor people have fallen off the radar screen. This particularly affects the children of very poor families whose brains and lives are liiely to be stinted for their entire lives.
We can and should do better.