Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Americans As Welfare Queens?

Americans As Welfare Queens? It's a Dangerous Right-Wing Narrative

Caryl Rivers

Conservatives are spinning a narrative that pictures the U.S. as a profligate, lazy, "entitled" society, one in which the Protestant work ethic has withered on the vine and citizens live beyond their means and rely on government handouts.

In a recent Time essay, "One Nation, on the Dole," former New Hampshire senator John Sununu wrote, "The dirty little secret about America is that being on the dole is no longer the exception but the rule." Recipients of government programs, he says, "chuckle all the way to the bank."

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