Dr. Eileen Lynch
9. Intergovernmental Relations
Describe the pros and cons of welfare reform in
A dramatic introduction to this segment of the video lesson: Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson looking earnestly at the interviewer and saying, “The only way to get out of poverty, in
The textbook tells us that poverty is still an omnipresent problem of the cities in
The concept of intergovernmental relations is exemplified in the matter of W2’s processes of responsibility delegation to private entities in some cases. Governor Thompson expresses his belief that the state enjoys a rather strong state-county relationship that in fact they decided to let the counties choose whether or not to participate in the implementation of the welfare reform. In greater detail, Elaine Maly – Chief development & marketing officer of the YWCA of greater
Now, at first sight and based on what its proponents say about it, it seems that Wisconsin is really taking a step in the right direction with W2 when it comes to solving the problem of welfare dependency. But Richard Oulahan – Executive director of Esperanza Unida, Inc. – opines that this whole program is a way of sneaking out of having to deal with a heavy responsibility for the individuals who were elected by the people with the express purpose of making hard decisions for them, making decisions that affect the lives of many others. In his view, that is not the way that it should work, at all. For example, he says that you have to consider that many of this alleged success stories of the program which moved away from welfare assistance only ended up working for Wendy’s and burning up taxpayer’s money in childcare assistance. So the savings in welfare assistance are in fact used up, and then some, in order to assist this person who now will not take the next step and move on to educate or train himself in order to achieve a better social station. Also, there are cases where the available menial work will not allow the person room to blossom to its full potential, and will not even be enough to provide the person with the basic needs, like health insurance.
All in all, the last link of the intergovernmental relationship that will probably have a leveling effect in evaluating the W2’s success or failure is the review at the Congress level proposed by Representative Antonio Riley at the end of the video segment.
Democracy Under Pressure: An Introduction to the American System, 10th Edition, Milton C. Cummings, Jr., David Wise, Thomson