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JOAN VENNOCHI | welfare and the election

An old wedge issue returns in the campaign

Once again, it’s time to kick America’s poor.

A new ad from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accuses President Obama of “gutting welfare reform.” In opening this line of attack, Romney is resurrecting an old stereotype — the lazy, greedy welfare recipient, who will do anything to avoid honest employment — and reviving an old line of attack against Democrats as enablers.

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