Sunday, October 02, 2016

It didn’t pay off in the end

"Showdown in Aleppo" by Patrick Bahzad.

American hypocrisy (see also what's going on in Yemen and too many other examples to list):  "The Quality of Mercy".

Tweets (Gissur Simonarson):
"Turkish backed forces have still not gone for Dabiq or al-Bab. What is going on? This offensive has been "days away" for weeks now."

"PT: It's starting to look more & more like Turkish backed forces have little interest in fighting IS, only went in to stop SDF advances."

"What are the Jewish Labour Movement’s links to Israel?"  There used to be a word for this sort of thing - treason.  I think people will eventually come around to the only sane view that 'anti-Semitism' is not a morally relevant term.

"It Didn’t Pay Off" (the e-x-t-r-e-m-e irony of Hillary's black support which might put her in the White House!):
"Lillie Harden was a black Arkansas mother who had spent time in the AFDC program. When Bill Clinton met her at an event, he was instantly impressed by her story. Harden had gone from being on welfare to having a job at a supermarket. For Clinton, she was the perfect poster woman for his welfare reform plans. Clinton cited her repeatedly in his pitches for the personal responsibility bill.

He dwelled particularly on something she had told him about why she was proud to have a job instead of living on welfare: “When my boy goes to school and they say what does your mama do for a living, he can give an answer.” Clinton invited Harden to the signing ceremony for the welfare bill, where she was seated next to him as he eliminated AFDC.

But while Lillie Harden made for a useful welfare-to-work anecdote in Clinton’s speeches, her life did not turn into the kind of success story Clinton spoke of.

As Marchevsky and Theoharis note, “Had the Clintons maintained an interest in Harden, they would have discovered that her ‘success’ was short-lived.” She continued to struggle with poverty, and her son ended up in prison. In 2002, she suffered a stroke. Harden’s application for Medicaid was denied, though she had been given access to Medicaid when she was on AFDC.

As a result, she could not afford her $450 prescription medication, and Harden died at the age of fifty-nine in 2014.

Heartbreakingly, when Harden was interviewed by a journalist, she requested that he relay a message to Clinton asking the former president to help her get Medicaid. Of her job, she said only: “it didn’t pay off in the end.”

During a debate with Bob Dole in 1996, Clinton declared that “I want to make more people like that woman, Lillie Harden. So I’ve got a plan to do it. And it’s just the beginning.”

Clinton was not wrong. He did indeed make more people like “that woman,” Ms Harden."
"'We Believe in What We're Doing'".
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