30 Issues in 30 Days: The State of the Safety Net

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

A welfare office in Staten Island. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

The Brian Lehrer Show's election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this week with a series of conversations about a variety of topics. See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Andrew White, director of the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School, discusses the challenge facing the social safety net, both nationally and locally.


Andrew White

Comments [17]

Question from Curious

JGARBUZ, ohhh so you're a bigot? I thought so.

Oct. 09 2013 11:36 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Curious

I be speakin' like the people I live amongst, brother!

Oct. 09 2013 11:28 AM
Question from Curious

Wondering why JGARBUZ write "po'" - who are you imitating here?

Oct. 09 2013 11:15 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To who is lying now

"Social services" have been destroying the family unit for about a century now. Yes, kids helped out. Yes families once helped each other. But now we have Uncle Sam's poverty pimps to take care of us all. Well paid poverty pimps with cars and homes in cul-de-sacs out in Long Island who drive in to "help their po' clients."

Oct. 09 2013 11:05 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Poverty pimps should have to live in the Housing Projects and be paid about the same as their clients get in benefits. They should have to take a vow of poverty, like Catholic priests used to have to do, and live among their clientele.

Oct. 09 2013 11:01 AM

"When was the last time anyone saw a kid shining shoes or selling papers on the street?"

Well, we have child labor laws today. It has nothing to do with poverty.

Oct. 09 2013 10:59 AM

clearly not a fact: "Of course these poverty pimps (social services) all drive Lexus and SUVs."

Oct. 09 2013 10:57 AM
For Your Information from Smarty

36% of food stamp users are white.

Oct. 09 2013 10:54 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Unemployed poverty pimps need "more resources," a code word for soak the rich to make jobs for more poverty pimps "to take care of the poor." Of course these poverty pimps (social services) all drive Lexus and SUVs.

Oct. 09 2013 10:50 AM
RJ from prospect Hts

What about the so-called Welfare to Work programs in which the poor were supposed to "work off" their "benefits" at less than minimum wage and were not considered workers for the purpose of antidiscrimination, sexual harassment?

Oct. 09 2013 10:46 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

All this blah blah blah about "poverty." Poverty is the normal state. Our species came up from fighting other animals for food, to the point where we feed everyone in this country whether they work or not. If anything, our "safety net" has been generous to a fault. When was the last time anyone saw a kid shining shoes or selling papers on the street? WE have no poverty problem. We have a debt problem due to too many people going deep into debt.

Oct. 09 2013 10:45 AM
work2book from prospect hts

And the small local groups provide employment.

So how are so-called "welfare dollars" counted? Are the outside contractors counted as part of it? What are the "performance=based" measures and do the "savings" in economies of scale trade off against the need for the city to monitor the contracts? How muchy has been lost in the corrupt contractors we keep hearing about?

Oct. 09 2013 10:44 AM
Rick from NYC

a CURE both sides of the political coin can AGREE on: pay a LIVING wage so that the REST of society doesn't have to subsidize companies' LOW wages.

Oct. 09 2013 10:42 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Let's not forget that many food pantries are serving the poor, are overwhelmed, and are often funded with tax dollars--and have been hit hard by sequester and the closure.

And homelessness? The move to expensive motels?

Oct. 09 2013 10:41 AM

Aren't there a lot of active military families on food stamps.

Oct. 09 2013 10:41 AM
Barbara from Queens

Question: Didn't Guilani send a lot of homeless people out of the city?

Oct. 09 2013 10:40 AM

Aren't there a lot of active duty military families on food stamps.

Oct. 09 2013 10:38 AM

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