Welfare Wonderland, 1968, Belva Detlof
In one of those charming reminders of how everything new is old again, this screed from the late sixties, full of unsourced anecdotal evidence about welfare cheats and furious anger at deadbeat children asking for medical care and freeloading seniors wanting pensions, pretty much sounds exactly like the rhetoric you’re hearing from the GOP Presidential candidates. Right down to the “let them die” declarations about the uninsured.
It would be funny, except for, you know, being utterly horrifying in its callous disregard for people who have the nerve to not be wealthy.

One Response to “Paperback Book Club”
  1. stavner says:

    It looks like grown-up Garbage Pail Kids can be caught by disguised Mrs. Meanys holding welfare checks.

    How much income do you need to be regarded as a human being? At least $1 billion a year!

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