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Newt Gingrich on Welfare & Poverty

Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House


Eight steps to improve opportunity for poor

    One of the encouraging developments of the last few years has been that a lot of truly caring, intelligent people have spent a lot of time thinking about the tragedy of modern welfare systems. As a result, we now have a fairly good idea of what works and what doesn’t. The eight steps we need for improving opportunities for the poor are:
  1. Shifting from caretaking to caring: Caretaking’s most important concern is to make the provider feel good, while caring’s first concern is the outcome for the person being helped.
  2. Volunteerism and spiritual renewal: more volunteers could get to know individuals and their families, [and ] emphasize spiritual salvation.
  3. Reasserting the values of American civilization
  4. Emphasizing family and work.
  5. Creating tax incentives for work, investment, and entrepreneurship.
  6. Re-establishing savings and property ownership.
  7. Learning as the focus of education.
  8. Protection against violence and drugs.
Source: To Renew America, p. 73ff Jul 2, 1995

Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending.

Gingrich wrote the Contract with America:

[As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bill]:

The Personal Responsibility Act:
Discourage illegitimacy and teen pregnancy by prohibiting welfare to minor mothers and denying increased AFDC for additional children while on welfare, cut spending for welfare programs, and enact a tough two-years-and-out provision with work requirements to promote individual responsibility.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA5 on Sep 27, 1994

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