NPR, with audio (02:31)
Signing his stimulus package in Denver on Tuesday, President Barack Obama spoke of lifting 2 million Americans from poverty into the middle class.Howie P.S.: Another version of pragmatism is at work here.
Until he had his bill, he talked little of poverty, preferring to cite benefits for middle class families, those struggling to pay tuition fees, and those who have lost jobs through no fault of their own. He did not make a point of the fact that the plan contains large benefits for the poor in the form of food stamps, services for the homeless, expanded Medicaid coverage and housing allowances.
So now, one can see signs of social policy development lurking behind the economic shock treatment. Conservative think tanks are watching carefully, suspecting that, in the dark of night, new entitlements are being created. But maybe that's the way they do change these days.