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At the very least, I’d like us to provide guaranteed income to families. This is an old idea; in the oft-romanticized post war 1940s and 1950s, certain mothers (white married war widows at first, then more white women) were given a stipend from the federal government for doing the hard work of raising America’s next generation. Stipends for single and divorced mothers existed in some form until President Bill Clinton signed the draconian Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Act of 1996. The current situation is only twenty years old, and over that time child hunger and poverty rates have ballooned.

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