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In the United States, "Welfare" is more often than not a malleable propaganda term meant to dog whistle programs for African-Americans and Latinos while signaling to whites that their checks and corporate handouts will remain untouched.
Suzanne Mettler, author of the new book, “The Government-Citizen Disconnect,” joins us to discuss the Trump Administrations plan to rebrand social programs as “welfare.”
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We dig into the racist history of anti-welfare crusades, the political purpose of pathologizing poverty, and the meaninglessness of phrases like "welfare reform," with guest Sarah Jaffe.
Rebecca speaks with Robert Samuels about his article, “Wisconsin is the GOP model for ‘welfare reform.’ But as work requirements grow, so does one family’s desperation.”
Today, only a quarter of welfare dollars actually goes toward basic assistance – housing, transportation or essential household items.
Ch. 7: Final comments on how people taking a principled stand for fairness is making society worse
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- Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr
- Contrarian - Sketchbook (Blue Dot Sessions)
- Waltz and Fury - Macrame (Blue Dot Sessions)
- Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark (Blue Dot Sessions)
- Solemn Application - Wax Museum (Blue Dot Sessions)
- Feathersoft - Barstool (Blue Dot Sessions)
- Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
- Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent
Produced by Jay! Tomlinson
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