The argument over which poor people deserve aid has begun anew thanks to incipient Republican efforts to harshen work requirements attached to welfare programs. For conservatives and thus-inclined Democrats, work requirements are about making sure that people who receive federal aid aren’t lazy loafers living off the dole — “welfare queens” in Reaganite parlance.
"If the Poor Must Work to Earn Every Dollar, Shouldn’t the Rich?" is from the January 05, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Elizabeth Bruenig and narrated by Sam Scholl.