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By Joel F. Handler

With the passage of the 1996 welfare reform, not just welfare, yet poverty and inequality have disappeared from the political discourse. The decline within the welfare rolls has been hailed as a hit. This publication demanding situations that assumption. It argues that whereas many unmarried moms left welfare, they've got joined the operating negative, and fail to make an honest dwelling. The e-book examines the chronic demonization of terrible single-mother households; the influence of the low-wage marketplace on perpetuating poverty and inequality; and the position of the welfare forms in defining deserving and not worthy terrible. It argues that the emphasis on relations values - marriage promoting, intercourse schooling and abstinence - is inaccurate and diverts consciousness from the commercial hardships low-income households face. The publication proposes an alternate method of decreasing poverty and inequality that facilities on a kid's allowance as easy source of revenue help coupled with jobs and common baby care.

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Rank (2004), pp. 91–92. Rank (2004), p. 92. , p. 96. J. Iceland (2003a). Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty 1996–1999. S. Census Bureau, pp. 1–9. , p. 4. Measured as being poor for at least two months. A spell ends when the individual is not poor for two consecutive months. 1 Figure 2–2. Duration of Poverty Spells: 1996–1999 (in Percent). Source: J. Iceland (2003). Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty 1996–1999. S. Census Bureau. all forty-eight months from 1996 to 1999, only 2 percent were chronically poor.

Despite the economic boom of the 1990s, Freeman says that there was little improvement in either homelessness or hunger. Approximately 10 million households, or 4 percent of the population, reported outright hunger (more severe). 41 The rate remained the same to 2002. 43 Food insecurity has been exacerbated with the decline in food stamps, which is discussed in Chapter 3. The poor lack good health care. Those in the top 5 percent of the income distribution can expect to live, on average, nine years longer than those in the bottom 10 percent.

5 below the poverty line). Similarly, by age 75, 58 percent would experience at least one year of poverty, 46 percent at least two years of poverty, and 39 percent at least three years of poverty. These risks are not evenly distributed in the population. 54 The experience of poverty is highly dynamic. 5 percent of those who were not poor in 1996 became poor in 1999. 56 This suggests that poverty spells are fairly short (see Figure 2–2). Indeed, a majority of poverty spells57 are from two to four months.

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