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Wesley Clark on Welfare & Poverty

NATO General; Democratic Candidate for President


Lift 2 million children out of poverty by 2008

President Bush's Record of Failure Half a million more children in poverty between 2000 and 2002, bringing the total number of children in poverty to 12 million.

Wes Clark's Turnaround Plan: Goal #4: Two million children lifted out of poverty by 2008

  1. Creating jobs and getting the economy growing again. The best anti-poverty program is a job.
  2. Making work pay. Wes Clark will raise the minimum wage in steps to $7 per hour by 2007 and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
  3. Promote a comprehensive approach to empowering Americans. Wes Clark's proposals-including extending health insurance to the most vulnerable families, making preschool and child health insurance universal and helping families afford transportation, childcare, and housing-form a comprehensive plan to make work pay.
    Source: Campaign website, Clark04.com, "Turnaround Plan" Jan 1, 2004

    Promote homeownership; end redlining; end predatory lending

    Homeownership is a part of the American dream. Every working family should be able to have a place they call their own. Yet too many minorities - especially African-American families - are unfairly steered away from conventional credit into into high-interest, subprime loans. It's redlining, and it's wrong. Three straightforward steps would help ensure that every family is able to seek home ownership on equal terms. First, we need to get the economy going again - economic growth is the key to continuing to expand home ownership. Second, we need to crack down on predatory lending. Third, we must support minority lending institutions and other financial institutions that serve minority communities.
    Source: Campaign website Clark04.com, "Agenda for African Americans" Jan 1, 2004

    Other candidates on Welfare & Poverty: Wesley Clark on other issues:
    George W. Bush
    Dick Cheney
    John Edwards
    John Kerry

    Third Party Candidates:
    Michael Baradnik
    Peter Camejo
    David Cobb
    Ralph Nader
    Michael Peroutka

    Democratic Primaries:
    Carol Moseley Braun
    Wesley Clark
    Howard Dean
    Dick Gephardt
    Bob Graham
    Dennis Kucinich
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    Adv: Avi Green for State Rep Middlesex 26, Somerville & Cambridge Massachusetts