How Welfare Became a Dirty Word
Program #GORL001. Recorded in Portland, OR on March 07, 1997.Although welfare takes up only a small part of the budget, it generates an enormous amount of political and media attention. One Beltway pundit says it's "the most despised government program." Talk show hosts feed their listeners a steady diet of rhetoric about welfare queens. Welfare recipients are stigmatized as lazy and dependent. The larger issues of poverty, racism and inequality are ignored.
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