welfare reform and attitudes toward poverty
Ok, I want to see if my wonderful readers can help me out with a work-related question. On a draft paper, I wrote the following bullet:
- Welfare reform removed some of the stigma from poverty. Welfare reform changed the popular image of a poor person from a long-term welfare recipient to someone who is working hard but having trouble making ends meet.
So, of course I was asked if I could find a statistic or a quote (from someone well-known) to support that statement.
The closest I was able to find via google was this article by Chris Jenks, where he argues that welfare reform made it possible to spend more money on poor people. I also found this interesting paper from the National Center on Children in Poverty that discusses how people’s willingness to provide help varies based on the characteristics of the poor people.
Any suggestions? Thanks.