In at least some quarters of Wingnuttia, they appear to have seen the error of Rush Limbaugh’s ways, learning the lesson he taught that you can’t just come out and say what you think, you have to use dog whistles and code phrases. Jed Babbin of the American Spectator goes old school and declares her a “welfare queen” — just like the commies, you know.
Sandra Fluke is a welfare queen. Remember, back in the 1980s, the image of the welfare queen? It was a caricature of a woman on welfare who had borne many children for men who she knew little or not at all. The welfare queen made an industry of producing children because she knew the state would pay her to do so, and pay for her children’s needs from food to clothes to medical care.
Sandra Fluke is the model Welfare Queen for the 21st Century. Upper middle class to start, going to a very expensive (and very liberal law) school on scholarship, and now (as we know from news reports) a tool of the White House media shop. She won’t have kids like the old-style welfare queens. Instead, she will first absorb all the government benefits she can while in school, and then work for a liberal law firm or political organization as a political activist. Or she may become another trusted lieutenant of Eric Holder at Justice. She is a product of the American version of the cradle-through-career indoctrination and career of the old Soviet Komsomol.
Welfare Queen Fluke will never produce anything of value to society. She will fit easily into the industry of regulation, bigger government, and reduced personal freedoms. She believes everything she wants — birth control, abortion, whatever — is an entitlement for which the government must pay. The welfare queens of the 1980s were small-timers. Welfare Queen Fluke and her ilk are an existential threat to fiscal responsibility. Just think about how many thousands of them are graduating this year to enter government jobs or political campaigns. They will be spreading their ideas to all within hearing.
I remember the 80s image of the welfare queen. It was used to denigrate everyone who got any kind of public assistance (except corporate executives who make millions or billions from government subsidies and contracts, of course, since most of them aren’t black), just like this new attack is being used to denigrate women — especially educated women like Fluke. The target changes; the tactics never do.