[Marxism] Fwd: Child poverty has fallen 5 percent since Clinton's welfare reform - Business Insider
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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. 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
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.
The Institute's Center for Medical Progress opposes allowing the
federal government to negotiate prices in the Medicare Part D
prescription drug program  and believes that drug price negotiating
has adverse effects in the Veterans Administration.
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".
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
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.
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