Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) offered her thoughts on increasing political support for the Nation’s social safety net on Wednesday, contending that further softening the language used to describe being on the public dole would increase public support for expanding welfare benefits.
“(T)he safety net has to be something for all of us,” she said during a house speech.
Jackson Lee further argued that Medicaid, Medicare and Obamacare shouldn’t be maligned as handouts because many Americans who rely on the benefits are attempting to better their situations.
The Representative went on to suggest that a bit of good old fashioned Democrat newspeak could be the answer to ending opposition to welfare expansion.
“Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of a transitional living fund,” she said.
Urging Congress to extend unemployment benefits, Jackson Lee said the move would represent a “transitional outreach to individuals who are chronically unemployed.”
Watch the speech below: