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Interesting history. The bigger story, in my view, is about the millions of people who never get the public assistance they need because we are more concerned about preventing access by the Lindas and Carinas. This includes people who cannot navigate the bureaucratic maze or fail one of our many tests such as work requirements. We should take a close look at the message sent by policies that stigmatize applicants for stingy benefits while making generous tax deductions and credits available to wealthy citizens on the honor system.

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