"The compassion gap (the deep divide between our moral commitments and how we actually treat those in poverty) has been greatly increased by the revival in the 1980s and 1990s of the very old theory that the real source of poverty is bad behavior. Since African-American and Hispanic women and men, as well as single mothers of all ethnicities and races, are disproportionately represented among the poor, this theory defines these people as morally deficient. Its proponents assume that anyone with enough grit and determination can escape poverty. They claim that giving people cash assistance worsens poverty by taking away their drive to improve their circumstances through work. Arguing that poor people bear children irresponsibly and that they lack the work ethic necessary for economic success, they have launched a sustained war on bad behavior that targets those groups most at risk for poverty.
One of the key events in this war was the passage in 1996 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), which replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). TANF requires single mothers who receive welfare to find paid work, encourages them to marry, and limits their time on aid to a lifetime maximum of five years. Some states have even shorter time limits. Ultimately, this new program treats the inability to work as a personal, moral failing.”
Sometimes there just ain’t anything better than therapy sleeping.
My brother was craving donuts, so we took a 35 minute walk to a donut shop and then stopped at an Irish Pub on the way home for a beer. We talk about life and all our drama and I feel like we know each other so much better now! I’d always heard that when siblings are separated during college they became closer, but I guess in our case it was drinking age that brought us closer… and willingness to travel far and wide for donuts. Whatever works!
Also I wasn’t sure how to respond to all y’all’s inquiries about how my GRE went, but to Kingston and Lisa, it went okay! I got 167 on Verbal, which is 96th percentile, and 163 on Quantitative, which is 88th percentile.. The math was way harder than it claimed to be in my practice tests, but studying for vocab totally paid off! :] And I will find out about my essays in a couple weeks.
To tell me that now that I’m 21 I need to have a pap test every 3 years.
"Wh- what? No-… Augh!" was my very appropriate reaction.