State of Georgia Archives: on Welfare & Poverty

Derrick Grayson: 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.

Grayson 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

Vernon Jones: Supports federal block grants and local welfare control

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Jim Martin: Supports workfare, but expand TANF for state services

Source: 2000 Georgia National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Zell Miller: 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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