The NYT welfare reform article, in perspective
Jason DeParle's welfare article atop the Sunday NYT's front page, looking at the effects of welfare reform during the current economic downturn, is certainly useful reading. And it's notable that a decade and a half in, some triumphalism is finally gone. Just over 5 years ago, at the 10-year anniversary of welfare reform, the media coverage was pretty triumphant. The NYT article then was somewhat nuanced, but also pretty positive in overall theme. And some of the other media were just over the top.
Today, new facts on the ground, and their effects in a post-welfare-reform system -- not unanticipated by the left -- are forcing a different look.