[Marxism] Fwd: Child poverty has fallen 5 percent since Clinton's welfare reform - Business Insider

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 23 06:14:59 MDT 2016

So the liberal Huffington Post crossposted an article today that claims 
childhood poverty has decreased even if Clinton terminated AFDC, a clear 
bid to get out the vote for Hillary.


The liberal establishment won't be happy until Clinton gets 80 percent 
of the vote in November, the kind of smashing win she needs to carry out 
neoliberal "reforms" of the sort that her husband was infamous for. But 
if you read the article, you discover that it is based on a report 
prepared by the Manhattan Institute. So what is this innocuously named 
think-tank all about, you ask.


The Manhattan Institute was one of the key institutions that pressed for 
reform of the welfare system in the mid-1990s.[23] Charles Murray's 
Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950–1980 (1984) argued that the 
welfare state had fostered a culture and cycle of dependency that was to 
the detriment of both welfare recipients and the United States as a 

Charter schools and vouchers[edit]
Former senior fellow Jay P. Greene’s research on school choice was cited 
four times in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Zelman v. 
Simmons-Harris, which affirmed the constitutionality of school vouchers.[25]

The Institute's Center for Medical Progress[26] opposes allowing the 
federal government to negotiate prices in the Medicare Part D 
prescription drug program [27] and believes that drug price negotiating 
has adverse effects in the Veterans Administration.[28]

Hydraulic fracturing[edit]
The Manhattan Institute is a proponent of the hydraulic fracturing 
(fracking) method of extracting natural gas and oil from underground 
deposits. In response to calls to ban fracking in parts of New York, the 
Manhattan Institute released a report in 2011 projecting that allowing 
fracking could "inject over $11 billion into the state economy".[29]

Funding sources[edit]
Foundations which have contributed over $1 million to the Manhattan 
Institute include the John M. Olin Foundation, Bradley Foundation, Sarah 
Scaife Foundation, Searle Freedom Trust, Smith Richardson Foundation, 
William E. Simon Foundation, the Claude Lambe Foundation, the Gilder 
Foundation, the Curry Foundation, and the Jaquelin Hume 
Foundation.[30][unreliable source?]

In 2013, hedge fund managers Cliff Asness, Henry Kravis and Thomas 
McWilliams all cut ties with the Manhattan Institute due to the group's 
support of the abolition of defined benefit public pensions.[31]

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