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Just finished listening to Ep. 1 of this podcast. Highly recommended. Traces the complicated story behind Reagan's "welfare queen" myth, a narrative that launched a thousand conservative jeremiads in years to come. slate.com/news-and-polit…
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This specific story begins in 1975-6, but the image of the "welfare cheat" goes back much further. One of Nixon's favorite songs, for example, was the novelty hit "Welfare Cadillac."
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