Future of Welfare

Archive Report

The Emerging Politics of Welfare

Issue for The 1976 Campaign; New York Example

The “WELFARE MESS” is the nation's most enduring domestic issue, a classic battlefield in American politics for the clash of conservative and liberal ideologies. Packing as much political dynamite today as it did 10 and 20 years ago, welfare is bound to figure prominently once more as an issue in the national election campaign of 1976. President Ford has called for a cutback in welfare spending and his challenger for the Republican nomination, Ronald Reagan of California, wants the responsibility for all welfare and related programs transferred from the federal to the state governments.

The National Governors' Conference, in contrast, has taken a stand in favor of full federal financing of a minimum income ...

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