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'Welfare Nation': The Sad Truth

Posted: November 28, 2012 |   Comments

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich during the Republican presidential primaries often referred to President Barack Obama as the "food stamp president," a charge that was met with piercing and outraged cries of "racism!"

"Over here you have a policy which, with Reagan and me as speaker, created millions of jobs - it's called paychecks. Over here you have the most successful food stamp president in American history, Barack Obama," Gingrich said.

Supposed "racist dog whistles" aside, it should be noted that Gingrich is not the first person to voice concern over the expansion of our so-called "welfare nation."

But is this concern warranted? That is, is the growth of the welfare state really something we need to worry about?

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