Will the Social Safety Net Hold A Sagging Economy?

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Every holiday season, Americans feed the hungry and help the poor. This year, recession and terrorism have created even greater urgency. Yet, despite calls for unity, there's division over how to spur the economy. Will welfare reform and cutbacks in government programs leave millions without a safety net? Will tax breaks for business benefit those who need help the most? We look for the best way to cope with a sagging economy, with labor experts, a welfare reformer, and Barbara Ehrenreich, whose Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America recounts her working unskilled jobs to make ends meet.
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Portland Police Bureau

US Department of Justice

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National Association of Manufacturers

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US Department of Labor

Los Angeles Times



Warren Olney