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Luann Ridgeway, pictured here imagining a story for next week's "Capitol Report"

Hey look, Sen. Luann Ridgeway is making stuff up for her weekly newsletter:

How many times have you been in line at the grocery store counting pennies to pay for imitation hamburger and off-brand pasta, only to see the person in front of you unload a cart full of steaks and then whip out a welfare EBT card to pay for it? It happens to me and I bet it happens to you as well. The program that provides for your hard earned money to be spent in this fashion by people as able-bodied as are you and I is called TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families...

There was a time when being on public assistance came with a stigma. Now the government goes out of its way to sign up more people. Where public welfare used to be a measure of last resort, it is now considered normal since that is what their parents did and what so many of their friends continue to do. Young unmarried women have actually been heard saying they want to have their baby before marriage as then the birth and maternal after-care will be "free."

A few quick questions while I clean the coffee off my keyboard:

  1. What is "imitation hamburger"?
  2. Where did Luann Ridgeway hear "young unmarried women" saying they want to have a baby before they get married so that "the birth and maternal after-care will be 'free?'"
  3. What ethnicity do you think the fantasy steak buyer was when Luann Ridgeway imagined this story? 

The Pitch's Nadia Pflaum has a much better dissection of Ridgeway's offensive "Capitol Report" than I can muster, so you should just go read what she wrote.   In summary, "Welfare queens don't exist. Most informed adults have come to accept -- along with the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny -- that the welfare queen (a term coined by Ronald Reagan in a 1976 presidential campaign speech) is a big ol' myth. "

Ridgeway's entire entirely offensive rant can be read below the fold.

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