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Welfare success story is not typical

The Brownback administration repeatedly pointed to Kansas City, Kan., resident Valerie Cahill as an example of a former welfare recipient who is now self-sufficient and who supports strict limits on welfare benefits. Yet it didn’t disclose that Cahill works as a temporary employee of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, the agency pushing the new welfare rules. Cahill’s ability to improve her life deserves applause, but most welfare recipients don’t get office jobs with the state. Still, news of Cahill’s job does solve one mystery, a Kansas City Star editorial noted: How she was able to get so much time off to testify at legislative committee hearings. – Phillip Brownlee