Schlafly: ‘Unmarried Women’ Want Welfare ‘When You Kick Your Husband Out’

July 29, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Phyllis Schlafly, extremist ideologue and founder of the right-wing Eagle Forum, known for her opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment, is always spewing remarks that are either kooky or offensive. Andrew (Rocky) Raczkowski, a tea party candidate running in the Republican primary for a congressional seat in Michigan, invited Schlafly, for some reason, to headline a fundraiser over the weekend and she didn’t disappoint. Schlafly accused the Obama administration of intentionally increasing the number of Americans dependent on the government for a handout, because they are Democratic Obama voters. And she claims that the majority of unmarried women are on welfare. Also, guess who else voted for Obama in large numbers? Yup, “the Blacks.” Not surprisingly, after a progressive group posted a snippet of Schlafly’s controversial remarks on YouTube, Raczkowski is being asked if he agrees with the crazy right-wing lady.

Schlafly is peddling a bizarre race-baiting conspiracy theory that President Obama is developing a permanent underclass of supporters, made up of “the blacks,” welfare moms and babies born “illegitimately.” Apparently she is subscribing to Republican Lt. Gov. of S.C., Andre Bauer’s solution to ridding the country of such Democratic scum, by kicking them off the welfare rolls, thereby cutting off their food supply so they can’t breed like stray animals.

Schlafly made her remarks on Saturday at the American Polish Cultural Center:

“One of the things that Obama’s been doing is deliberately trying to increase the percentage of our population that is dependent on government for your living.”

“For example: Do you know what the second-biggest demographic group that voted for Obama — obviously the blacks were the biggest demographic group. But do you all know what was the second-biggest?” “Unmarried women, 70 percent of unmarried women, voted for Obama, and this is because when you kick your husband out, you’ve got to have big brother government to be your provider.”

Schlafly went on to add that the Obama administration is promoting legislation that encourages illegitimacy:

“And they have all kinds of bills to continue to subsidize illegitimacy which is now running nationwide at 41 percent.” […]

“And the Obama administration wants to continue to subsidize this group, because they know they are Democratic votes.”

Raczkowski stopped shy of condemning Shlafly’s remarks, saying he didn’t agree with her, but believed in her First Amendment rights.

“I will fight vehemently for her to have her beliefs. That’s what makes this country so great,” he said. “I believe in equality for everyone. I’m color-blind and gender blind,” Raczkowski told the Detroit Free Press.

Talking Points Memo reports that 75 Republican candidates either endorsed or financially supported by the Eagle Forum, will now find themselves pressured to condemn Schlafly’s remarks:

“Democrats plan to jump on the 75 Republican candidates for federal office that Schlafly’s Eagle Forum has endorsed and donated to — a list that includes Todd Tiahrt in the Kansas Republican primary for Senate, Ken Buck in the Colorado Republican primary for Senate, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and his Senate Conservatives Fund and Sen. David Vitter.”

Raczkowski is running in a crowded primary. And whether his association with the odious Schlafly hurts, or even helps him with the tea party crowd–who knows. But if “Rocky” makes it into the general election, his reputation for far-right extremism will certainly decrease his chances.


Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Schlafly in 2007 in Washington, DC at the Values Voters conference.


2 Responses to “Schlafly: ‘Unmarried Women’ Want Welfare ‘When You Kick Your Husband Out’”

  1. stephen on July 30th, 2010 9:21 am

    just wondering, do you know the stats on what she was talking about? seems to me there are a lot of women with children and no husband on welfare. maybe all men are pigs and make a deposit and run leaving the woman to raise the child. but maybe the women realize that the more children they have the more money they are given to take care of them? and that is your money if you have a job and pay taxes. nothing wrong with helping anyone in need but… seems to me they get to have the fun of sex and we get to pay the consequences.

    I’m just saying, maybe what she said isn’t so crazy after all but because she is a conservative, that makes her a quack.


  2. majii on July 30th, 2010 6:25 pm

    No one has been allowed to remain on welfare permanently since, oh, around 1996, when President Clinton signed new legislation into law to prevent it.

    Schlafly is a quack because there are millions of women like myself who get divorced and have jobs that pay well enough to take care of our children. My ex paid a small amount of child support, but I took care of our child until she completed college, AND I was able to buy her a car after her sophomore year. According to Schlafly, I most likely wouldn’t have been able to do this because I’m both female and African American.

    She’s a quack because she’d meddling in the business of others without knowing what she’s talking about and making inane generalizations.

    She’s a quack because she’s saying that all unmarried women voted for Obama because we want/need help. This is like saying we don’t have enough intelligence to study candidates’ platforms and choose the best candidate and need her to tell us for whom to vote. Yeah, right.

    She’s a quack because only 1% of the federal budget is spent on entitlement programs.

    She’s a quack because she’s a hypocrite who says she believes a woman’s place is in the home taking care of her children while she has traveled all over the country spreading hatred and telling lies for years. She doesn’t get along well with some of her own children, one of whom is gay and treated like an outcast.

    It’s time for her and the rest of the clueless to order a better crystal ball.

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