State of Georgia Archives: on Welfare & Poverty
Welfare policy rips black families apart, like slavery
Derrick Grayson, the only black candidate in the Republican U.S. Senate field, is taking the side of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who ruminated on whether African-Americans were better off under slavery than in the current welfare state.
says: "When he talked about black people being enslaved, I have been saying this for the last eight years--by liberal Democrat policies. I can say it, but a white person can't? A white person say it, the press is going to use it. Under slavery, families
were ripped apart, and it was a desire of black men & black women to be together with their loved ones. Family meant something. Well, what did government policies do? It broke up the black family, told the black family: `Hey, if you want to receive this
welfare check, the man can't be in the household.' In 1965, prior to that [welfare policy], illegitimacy in then black community was less than 13%. Today it's over 70%. Government liberal Democrat policies: The man was just simply telling you the truth."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2016 Georgia Senate race
May 1, 2014
Supports federal block grants and local welfare control
Jones supports the following principles regarding Welfare and Poverty Issues:
Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test
Jul 2, 2008
- Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Supports workfare, but expand TANF for state services
Martin supports the following principles concerning welfare:
Source: 2000 Georgia National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 2000
- Maintain requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
- Increase job training programs & childcare services for welfare recipients.
- Provide tax
incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
- Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand services to include the working poor.
Supports welfare reform and welfare to work
We have been successful in helping Georgians move off the welfare rolls and into the job market -- a decrease of 57,000 households since we began welfare reform. However, the ones who remain on the rolls are those with the fewest skills and the
least work experience. So we want to use $30 million of the savings to expand the Welfare-to-Work program for hard-to-place recipients, and provide child care for an additional 12,625 children.
Source: Budget Address, Georgia
Jan 13, 1998
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