This kind of shit always makes my blood pressure spike.
As millions of people seek government aid, many for the first time, they are finding it dispensed American style: through a jumble of disconnected programs that reach some and reject others, often for reasons of geography or chance rather than differences in need.
Mr Hulse, I watched this happen and it isn't "American style", it's "American conservative style". Conservatives of both parties took what was intended to be a complementary and synthesized series of programs and over time, particularly in the 80's, deliberately turned them into a mishmosh of competing, unco-ordinated agencies vying for the same shrinking pool of govt funding. They added acres of delimiting eligibility requirements, demanded more layers of bureaucracy designed to make sure nobody was "cheating" any of their requirements, and then set up contradictory instructions that no one, not even govt lawyers, could understand.