The “First Black President” and his policies (2nd response)

Jack did point out a few errors in my piece “The “First Black President” and his policies (response to Jack)” but there are a few thorns in the rosy picture he paints of the Clintons. Jack is correct in that there were only 3 executions by the federal government since the crime bill, and that states presided over the executions of black men and women, but that does not address the moral considerations of the position. These same moral considerations in the realm of criminal justice should also be applied to Hillary Clinton, who accepted donations from the private prison industry, up until recently. Bernie Sanders on the other hand, has unabashedly called for the end of private prisons, sponsoring “The Justice is Not for Sale” bill.

To substantiate my TANF claim regarding this:3-13-12tanf-f1.jpg

I would like to highlight that between 1995 and 2010 “…the number of families with children in poverty increased by 17 percent over this period, from 6.2 million to 7.3 million, and the number of poor children climbed by 12 percent, or by 1.7 million children.

While Jack admits that he “…couldn’t easily find a statistic about the proportion of the poor covered by all the U.S Welfare programs, but again, overall welfare spending has increased dramatically.”, he ignores that the author he cites, Moffit, describes what has transpired with welfare spending in the last two decades:

“However, although aggregate spending is higher than ever, there have been redistributions away from non-elderly and nondisabled families to families with older adults and to families with recipients of disability programs; from non-elderly, nondisabled single-parent families to married-parent families; and from the poorest families to those with higher incomes. These redistributions likely reflect long-standing, and perhaps increasing, conceptualizations by U.S. society of which poor are deserving and which are not ”

On Medicaid expansion, it is not necessarily the case that there is an increase in income. It could just mean low income families receive health coverage as opposed to not having it before.



3 thoughts on “The “First Black President” and his policies (2nd response)

  1. As I said before Temporary Assistance for needy families went down but that’s just one program out of the many that help the poor (Medicaid, SNAP SSI, CHIP, Medicaid etc.). TANF is the only Welfare program that declined, as overall welfare spending went up.

    Finally getting healthcare is an enormous benefit increase, and all of Moffitt’s conclusions ignore it. Health insurance is really expensive! Expanding access for the poor is a huge win for the welfare state.

    We’ve gotten into the weeds here but to go back to your original point it’s pretty clear that the Clinton years definitely were not, “some of the worst for Black America.”


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