Why I Don’t Judge Welfare Recipients

Alex Ashton
The Missing Middle
Published in
6 min readAug 18, 2023

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Most of us are one life event away from being eligible for welfare and don’t understand how it works.

Man and a woman shopping in a grocery store looking at fresh vegetables
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PASSING JUDGEMENT ON WELFARE RECIPIENTS hit the mainstream in 1976. This was when then-California Governor Ronald Reagan brought up the infamous Chicago “Welfare Queen” on the campaign trail while vying for the GOP presidential nomination.

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Alex Ashton
The Missing Middle

History, culture, family, religion, data, and technology from a center-left, civil libertarian, middle-class perspective. Publisher: The Missing Middle.