Ed Gillespie on Welfare & Poverty
Churches have always been alternatives to welfare
The President's commitment to the idea of greater cooperation between government and church-based charities should be applauded. Churches have always been alternatives to welfare and other social problems, and they have always been more empowering.
When my father got off the boat at Ellis Island, it was the Church that helped his family put food in their bellies, clothes on their backs, and a roof over their heads.
They also benefitted from what was then called "public assistance." Government programs are necessary, but in order to confront poverty and family disintegration, and resist attacks on mainstream values,
President Bush has sought many ways to tap the moral leaders in America's communities.
Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p.260
, Sep 5, 2006
Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending.
Gillespie signed 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:
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA5 on Sep 27, 1994
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.
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