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On the Dole

A term describing one who relies on welfare or other forms of support from the state. Being on the dole may mean one receives food stamps, direct cash payments or, in rare cases, it may refer to government-sponsored medical care. The term is more common in British and Commonwealth countries than in the United States, and its use may be derogatory, depending on the context.
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Dole employees follow strict sanitizing procedures in processing plants, Ordman said.
Dole lay there for nine hours before he was finally taken to an evacuation hospital.
I have friends who are ready to work for her, no matter what her stand on the issues," declared Bea Francoeur, a leader of the New Hampshire Women's Forum, after Dole visited the state in February.
Dole remained a fierce supporter of a constitutional amendment (the "Human Life Amendment") to outlaw all abortions--a position he has since repudiated, though it remains in the 1996 GOP platform.
Patrick Buchanan, for example, explicitly criticized Dole and other Congressional Republicans for demanding cuts in Medicare.
Owen's coziness with the Senator was apparent in May 1979, when Owen took the stage in front of city hall in Dole's hometown of Russell, Kansas, and formally introduced Dole as the next President of the United States.
Is Dole the Gingrich-believer he now claims to be, or the man who made this joke: "You hear Gingrich's staff has these five file cabinets, four big ones and one little tiny one.
The Dole campaign said it had accepted the contribution by mistake, but it turns out the campaign had aggressively solicited contributions from the Log Cabin Republicans in the first place.
Lichtman, the chairman of the history department at American University, said that Dole failed to take risks or set herself apart from her rivals, despite her obvious appeal to women.
Trying to outflank Clinton's paternal strategy, Dole presents himself as Babysitter Bob.
During the Palestinian intifada, Dole had criticized Israel as a government that routinely murdered children.
Thus Dole should be automatically preferable to the chronically callow Clinton, and if we can't have Dole, someone should defrost Den Xiaoping.