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Democratic Party on Welfare & Poverty

Party Platform


Partner with faith-based organizations to serve the needy

Faith has always been a central part of the American story. We know that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith and the countless acts of justice and mercy it inspires. Faith-based organizations will always be critical allies in meeting the challenges that face our nation and our world--from domestic and global poverty, to climate change and human trafficking. People of faith and religious organizations do amazing work in communities across this country & the world, and we believe in lifting up and valuing that good work, and finding ways to support it where possible. We believe in constitutionally sound, evidence-based partnerships with faith-based and other non-profit organizations to serve those in need and advance our shared interests. There is no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution, and a full commitment to both principles is essential for the continued flourishing of both faith & country.
Source: 2012 Democratic Party Platform , Sep 4, 2012

Raise EITC & minimum wage to $7 & expand middle class

The dream of the middle class should belong to all Americans willing to work for it. We still have work to do as long as millions of Americans work full-time, fulfill their responsibilities, and continue to live in poverty. We will offer these Americans a ladder to the middle class. That means raising the minimum wage to $7.00, increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit and extending child credits so that parents who work full-time donít have to raise their children in poverty And it means continuing on the path of welfare reform. We must match parentsí responsibility to work with the real opportunity to do so, by making sure parents can get the health care, child care, and transportation they need. And we must expect increased responsibility from fathers as well as mothers by increasing child support enforcement and promoting responsible fatherhood together with religious and civic organizations.
Source: The Democratic Platform for America, p.22 , Jul 10, 2004

Harness power of faith-based organizations PLUS govt

We have ended the era of big government; its time to end the era of old government. We need to create a government that is on-line all the time. We must decentralize government. Democrats believe it is time that government found ways to harness the power of faith-based organizations. However, we believe that partnerships with faith-based organizations should augment - not replace - government programs, should respect First Amendment protections, and should never use taxpayer funds to proselytize.
Source: 2000 Democratic National Platform as adopted by the DNC , Aug 15, 2000

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