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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:07 AM

Revealing the Real TANF by Greg Kaufmann{poverty}

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/02/09



I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again: the American people have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program created in 1996. Both parties tout it as a “success,” but if you look at the numbers—and at the real lives of people who turn to the program for assistance when they are out of work—the picture is bleak, to say the least.

This March, TANF is set to expire and will need to be renewed. It will mark yet another opportunity to have an honest, fact-based discussion about the program. So it was good to see a top-notch panel of experts at the Center for American Progress (CAP) yesterday talking about TANF—“Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future.”

The speakers included Witnesses to Hunger member Shearine Mcghee, a former participant in the successful TANF subsidized jobs program that was created through the Recovery Act but allowed to expire in 2010. Kudos to CAP for having as one of the experts on poverty someone who has actually lived in poverty—it’s way too rare in this town, especially in Congress where public policy decisions are made without testimony from the people who are most affected.

Dr. LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for family income support policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), opened the discussion with an overview of how the program has performed as a safety net and in boosting employment—since the promise of TANF was that it would serve both purposes and thereby create pathways to self-sufficiency.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:48 AM

1. TANF is almost useless.

I still have not forgiven Bill Clinton for destroying AFDC, nor have I forgiven the alleged Democrats who enabled him to do so.

-Laelth

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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 09:48 AM

2. +1

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:24 AM

4. +1

He did what no Republican could have done

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:07 PM

5. I never will. Ending welfare for actual people while simultaneously exploding it for the rich

 

was a crime.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:03 AM

3. As a Sr. Case Manager in the TANF Program

I totally agree with this article. Just once it would be great if the powers to be listened to the people in the trenches for ideas on how to make the program work but who are these people who make the rules? Have they ever worked a day in this program?

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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:35 PM

6. kickski

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