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.