Welfare Issues

May 21, 1996

This weekend, President Clinton endorsed the radical welfare overhaul proposed by Governor Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, a possible Republican Vice Presidential candidate. The Wisconsin program eliminates the main welfare program, AFDC, and requires every adult recipient to work. By granting Wisconsin a waiver, Clinton has taken a preemptive strike against the GOP Presidential front runner Bob Dole who is set to visit Wisconsin today and lay out his views on welfare reform. Dole was expected to attack Clinton’s record on the issue. Clinton has vetoed two Congressional welfare reform bills claiming they are too harsh on poor children. But Wisconsin’s plan is considered by some to be equally draconian. In March, Democracy Now held a debate on WISCONSIN WELFARE REFORM, including the latest legislation "W2–Wisconsin Works."

GUESTS: Jean Rogers, Administrator of the Division of Economic Support in the Thompson Administration. Pat Gowans, former welfare mother and founder of WELFARE WARRIORS in Milwaukee.