Jason DeParle New York: Viking,pp. The other day I walked into the office to see a distraught woman sobbing disconsolately on the floor.
Jason DeParle New Poverty and american dream Viking,pp. The other day I walked into the office to see a distraught woman sobbing disconsolately on the floor.
She had unknowingly parked in the parking lot of the Burger King next door. She moaned, "I begged him not to tow me.
He still towed me. The driver of the tow truck lurks inside the Burger King waiting for people and tows someone almost every day. Next, I talked with a young woman whose welfare assistance for herself and her three-year-old had been cut off because she missed one day at her job search program.
The reason she missed it is because her child was sick and she had to stay home to care for him. I recently spent a summer in Finland, and a social insurance official there told me that they did not believe families should be in shelters.
They made sure families had permanent housing. They also had guaranteed universal childcare and universal health care. Those scenes in a Boston welfare office would not occur in Finland.
Not many people know of the daily tragedies that occur at the welfare office, and until the news gets out and the voting public becomes concerned enough to elect officials who will change the system, the tragedies will continue. Jason DeParle has been on the poverty beat of the New York Times for many years, writing knowledgeably about poverty and welfare.
Frances Fox Piven, a long-time observer of his work, describes him as "an exceptionally careful and sincere journalist. American Dream has been reviewed by major newspapers across the country. De Parle has been interviewed by NPR and other stations, and he is on the lecture circuit talking about welfare and poverty.
The widespread publicity given the book may contribute to the current Congressional Poverty and american dream about reauthorization of the infamous welfare bill, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act PRWOAwhich DeParle analyzed as it played out in Milwaukee. Few people are talking about poverty.
As Bob Herbert wrote in the Times, "Poverty is not even close to becoming part of our national conversation. Swift boats, yes, sex scenes on Monday Night Football, most definitely. The struggle of millions of Americans to feed themselves? When I first picked up his book and saw a young black mother with two children on the cover, my heart sank and I thought, "Oh no.
An analysis of media coverage of welfare by FAIR Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting for three months from December 1, and February 24, revealed that most of the recipients who were interviewed were black, even though the majority of recipients at that time were white.
The only white woman pictured was described as clinically depressed, as if poverty only affects white people who are in some way handicapped. DeParle said that he has been asked why he centered his book around African-American women, and he said it was because in Milwaukee, where he did the study, 70 percent of welfare recipients were black.
By that reckoning, there should have been at least one white recipient. He could have found more white recipients in rural Wisconsin, but most journalistic studies of welfare focus on the inner city.
Journalists look for compelling stories that will entertain, and black people in the inner city hold endless fascination for the American public. They are assumed to be part of the underclass, and when the media does stories on the underclass, they are always black.
DeParle deftly weaves the genealogy of his protagonists -- Angie, Jewell, and Opal -- with the history of slavery and its aftermath and the history of welfare policy.
Later on those widows were folded into the other part of Social Security called the Old Age, Survivors, and Dependents Insurance what people commonly call Social Security.
In the Census Bureau showed that there were 3, children, along with their parents who received Social Security benefits because a parent was widowed or retired. It is one of the best- kept secrets of the nation. The families just get their checks until the children grow up, with no caseworkers to pry into their private lives.
What a contrast to AFDC now TANF, Temporary Assistance to Needy Familieswhich has given cynical officials a scapegoat to advance their political careers and has subjected millions of women and their children to demeaning treatment, inadequate grants, and policing of their behavior.
DeParle wonders whether the stories of three welfare families can be representative of nine million people. The focus on TANF also misses the disabled children whose benefits were cut in the welfare bill, the disabled immigrants who lost their SSI Supplemental Security Incomeand what Peter Adelman described as the most troubling cut of the PRWOAlimiting food stamps to three months out of every three years for unemployed adults under age 50 who are not raising children.
While his deep involvement with these three women reveals much about welfare reform, and DeParle sometimes illuminates the larger picture by citing studies, the larger context is sometimes lost and one is left to wonder just how representative these women are. Nevertheless, DeParle has written compassionately about these women and their struggles with the welfare system and with poverty.
He clearly cares deeply about them. He visited their homes, accompanied them to dentist appointments, and drove them to prisons to visit their lovers and fathers of their children.
His description of their experiences gives us a fairly accurate picture of what is happening with black single mothers without a high school diploma who must rely on low- paid work to support their families.
DeParle writes vividly about welfare reform, which he calls "the Middle East of domestic policy.Jun 04, · Many Americans tend to forget there is a significant fraction of the population that still has trouble making ends meet every day. Jun 04, · Many Americans tend to forget there is a significant fraction of the population that still has trouble making ends meet every day.
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