Michael Steele on Welfare & Poverty
Republican challenger, Lt. Gov.
A: Working with our faith-based community. The governor has asked me to oversee that and really create it. And weíve done that, given some obstacles that weíve faced to do it. But weíve done it in a way that is true to what the presidentís agenda is in this area, in trying to create an avenue where faith-based institutions and non-profit organizations can also tap into resources that will help them continue the good work of helping people.
A: Itís your philosophical orientation, how you look at life. I think it boils down to how you view the role of government. I grew up where I came to understand government had a very limited role. Learned that first from my mother. I remember sitting around the kitchen table asking her, when I was about 15, why she never went on public assistance, why she never went on welfare, because I was seeing a lot of my friends in the community seemed to be dependent on this system. And I was talking to young guys who have girlfriends who were pregnant and they canít wait until that first of the month to get that check. And that bothered me. There was something about it that didnít make sense. So, Iíd talk to my mom about it. And she summed it up very succinctly. She said, she didnít want the government to raise her children. She thought it was her responsibility to find a way for her and her kids.
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