by Vishnu Sridharan, Truth Out

Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton “ended welfare as we knew it.” In practical terms, this roughly doubled the number of those in extreme poverty. Philosophically, the move signaled that the Democratic Party believed that the “war on poverty” was a battle best fought by “the market.” Yet the promotion of equal opportunity — and especially racial integration — has always been a task that we have entrusted to our elected officials. As such, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton needs to focus on the government’s role in advancing those that welfare reform has left behind, and in doing so, re-establish our collective role in promoting economic and racial equality.

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