There are a lot of lies being told about ‘takers’ that harken back to the good old days of Ronald Reagan’s southern strategy, that particularly ugly plan to make all blacks into moochers, and all white southerners into Republicans. It worked, and continues to work, based on untruths drilled into the minds of those who want those lies to be true. Lies about medicaid, welfare queens, and the Cadillacs you buy for them.
Thirty years later the lies have become truths, despite what the facts say:
- Almost half of medicaid beneficiaries are children
- 23 percent are elderly and disabled
- The economic downturn caused the medicaid rolls to swell
- The myth of the ‘welfare queen’ is just that