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Why Americans hate welfare

race, media, and the politics of antipoverty policy

by Martin Gilens

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Published by University of Chicago Press in Chicago .
Written in English

  • Public welfare in mass media,
  • Public opinion,
  • Public welfare,
  • Racism in mass media,
  • Mass media and public opinion,
  • Racism

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-279) and index.

    StatementMartin Gilens
    SeriesStudies in communication, media, and public opinion
    LC ClassificationsP96.P842 U654 1999
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxii, 296 p. ;
    Number of Pages296
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL24750709M
    ISBN 100226293645
    LC Control Number98048866

    Commentary The early chapters of Gilens book are loaded with tables of statistical data that support his conclusions and interpretations. So then it's like the plot thickens: Here you have people in areas that rely a lot on social benefits, and yet they are electing people who are often promising to scale back those benefits. Over the past three years, Barack Obama has been replacing our merit-based society with an Entitlement Society. I was actually really surprised by it too. Has policy followed this same path?

    I'm sure there's other things that play into it, but those are some of the main things that stood out to me. This line of thinking found expression in national policy in the ominously titled Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act ofwhich institutionalized the notion that welfare recipients are simply lazy, and whose truly Dickensian features are merely waiting for an economic downturn to make themselves manifest. Things like job training, education, and housing assistance, tend to be more popular than the individual cash assistance, or in the case of food stamps, near cash programs. However, progressive must also give the working class a good reason to vote for them. Gilens traces the roots of resistance to welfare to the American tradition of self-reliance.

    Even among Medicaid beneficiaries, access to dental treatment, hearing or vision support, and end-of-life services vary by state. While African Americans make up about 30 percent of the poor, about 60 percent of the poor people shown on network television news and depicted in the major newsweeklies between and were black. For context, the estimated 15 percent reduction in the black-white child-poverty gap is comparable to the effect of moving all children from single-mother households into two-parent households while keeping all other characteristics of the households as is. For those things to happen, I think you have to have the political will, and right now that's not the case. For example, in Kentucky's 6th District, the congressman's name is Andy Barr, and he's one of the proponents of having work requirements and time limits for food stamps. Advertisement: I want to begin by asking about the subject of your book — the government-citizen disconnect, and two things you've said about it.

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Why Americans hate welfare book

They see themselves furthest away from Obama on the issue of aid to Blacks. In this sense also, Gilens trumps Murray, whose social-scientific reasoning has run the gamut from suspect to mendacious. In recent weeks, the former Massachusetts Governor has laid down a set of markers planting himself firmly on the right — just as Obama has begun to stake out a more leftward position.

Hostility to welfare is driven by whites, And who can blame them? And why does it matter? Progressives must see registering and mobilizing low-income voters as a central priority. Gilens places particular importance on photographs of blacks in newspaper and magazines, and what sort of social position those photos suggested.

Is that a hard sell in the US?

Why Americans Hate Welfare By Hutchings ' Article On Racism After Obama

Bill, and Pell Grants are — controlling for other factors — more likely to feel that government has provided opportunities them to improve their standard of living. Even among Medicaid beneficiaries, access to dental treatment, hearing or vision support, and end-of-life services vary by state.

Indeed, a poll indicates that only half of the people surveyed knew that federal welfare laws had changed. Here are three more lines from the Romney op-ed. On the abortion scale 31 percent of respondents placed themselves as the same as Republicans, compared with 39 percent who felt the same way about Democrats.

I think various different things are at play.

The truth about the white working class: Why it's really allergic to voting for Democrats

I examine three questions: a four-point scale regarding abortion, a seven-point scale regarding government services and spending and a seven-point scale regarding aid to Blacks see here for exact wording.

That's Why Americans hate welfare book I saw happening with the earned income tax credit. Instead of narrowing gaps between the advantaged and disadvantaged, social policy can, when deployed unevenly across the country, act to deepen them instead.

So if the working class generally likes Democrats with the exception of working-class whiteswhy do Democrats lose elections? The reason, experts say, has to do with various social changes that occurred during that decade.

That is in the long-term fundamentally detrimental to our capacity as a society to engage in collective action, to work together across differences and to make headway on all the challenges that are facing us.

When compared to the Democratic party, working class whites say they are more conservative on abortion only slightly and dramatically more conservative on services and spending. If they succeed, they merit the rewards they are able to enjoy.Nov 30,  · On the other hand, Americans are more likely to be poor than citizens of other industrial countries, and American government does less than other advanced nations to shield its citizens from poverty.

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Tackling one of the most volatile issues in contemporary politics, Martin Gilens's work punctures myths and misconceptions about welfare policyCited by: Oct 28,  · Why Americans Hate Welfare shows that the public's views on welfare are a complex mixture of cynicism and compassion; misinformed and racially charged, they nevertheless reflect both a distrust of welfare recipients and a desire to do more to help the "deserving" University of Chicago Press.

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