August 22, 2016

USA Today, Wash Post Rewrite History to Give Bill Clinton Full Credit For Welfare Reform

On August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, aka “welfare reform,” into law.

Writeups today at USA Today and in the Washington Post would make readers believe that credit for this accomplishment belongs entirely to Bill Clinton, and that it was his advocacy that brought it all about. The truth is that “ending welfare as we know it” was a 1992 Clinton presidential campaign promise which languished in inactivity until 1996. The promise would have remained a long-forgotten slogan if it hadn’t been for the persistence of the Republican-dominated Congress and the looming 1996 presidential election. That combination forced Clinton’s hand — against his will.

There are other problems in the two papers’ reports, but this post will primarily rebut their historical revisionism.


On CNN, Gov. John Bel Edwards Backs Off, Calls Trump’s Louisiana Flood Visit ‘Helpful’

On CNN’s Sunday State of the Union show, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, apparently mindful of the disastrous optics his party’s top two leaders had allowed to occur and powerless to do anything about it, admitted to the network’s Dana Bash that Donald Trump’s visit to flood-ravaged areas in his state last week was “helpful.”

Edwards, in noting that Trump’s Bayou State visit had “helped to shine a spotlight” on the Louisiana flooding, which has been called the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, also indirectly confirmed that the Obama administration and the national press had done a poor job — until the Republican nominee’s visit — of informing the rest of the nation about the suffering taking place in his state.


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (082216)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Alqosh, Iraq:

08/16/2016, 17.33

Alqosh (AsiaNews) – The first communion Mass in Alqosh was an historic moment” for a “frontier town” that has been under threat from the militants of the Islamic State (IS) for a long time. Now it can “hope for peace and normalcy” around these hundred children, said Mgr Basil Yaldo, auxiliary bishop of Baghdad and close associate of the Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako.

The Chaldean primate presided over the ceremony that was attended by “all the priests of the city, the nuns and more than 700 people. The faithful were excited because for the first time, the patriarch celebrated communions in the community.”

Alqosh is an historic town in the Nineveh Governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan. It is located about 50 km north of Mosul, a Jihadist stronghold, and constitutes one of the main centres of the Assyrian-Chaldean Christian tradition.

At about 3 km from the centre, in the mountains overlooking the city, stands the ancient monastery of Rabban Hormizd, see of the Nestorian patriarchs from 1551 to 1804.

Over time, the original structure, too exposed to attacks from outside as well as a symbol of a troubled period of the local Church, was replaced by the new monastery of Our Lady of Messi, just outside the city.

Today it is inhabited by a group of monks, who opened their doors to orphans and unaccompanied minors separated from their families because of Islamist violence.

Like many other towns in Iraqi Kurdistan, Alqosh too welcomed scores of refugees.

“Life in the area is almost back to normal,” said the vicar of Baghdad. “We hope that soon the whole plain [of Nineveh] can be liberated from the jihadists, and that refugees can return to their villages.”

The work to secure the area, he added, has “already started and for the past two days Iraqi troops have launched the battle to liberate the villages surrounding Mosul.”

Addressing the boys and girls who received the first communion, Patriarch Sako urged them not to abandon their land, the city of Alqosh, but to stay and help in the reconstruction “because there is a (Christian) heritage to be preserved.” …

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