The “Welfare Queen” Zombie

Remember Reagan’s 1976 speech that included his description of a “welfare queen” who was scamming the taxpayers to the tune of $150,000 a year? It was a lie (surprise!), but it’s another lie-that-won’t-die, largely because it taps into deeply-held (by whites) suspicions that public assistance recipients are lazy, dishonest, and laughing at all us hard-workin’ folk who support them.

The truth is far different, but the myth, as Beth Reinhard writes in The National Journal, persists.



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