19 August 2016 — FAIR
Now we’re told we’re in a moment of reconsideration—of tough-on-crime policies, of the deregulation of banks and, perhaps, of the notion that depriving needy people of assistance would lead to their gainful employment and well-being. Our guest says a true reconsideration of the 1990s welfare overhaul would require a so-far invisible recentering of the people in its crosshairs: low-income women, particularly mothers raising children on their own.
Felicia Kornbluh is associate professor of history and gender, sexuality and women’s studies at the University of Vermont and president of the faculty union, United Academics. She’s author of The Battle for Welfare Rights and, with Gwendolyn Mink, of the forthcoming Ensuring Poverty: The History and Politics of Welfare Reform. She joins us today on CounterSpin to talk about what’s missing from even Democratic debates about the social safety net.