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Roseanne Barr on Welfare & Poverty
Peace and Freedom Party nominee for President
Click here for the full quote by Roseanne Barr OR click here for Roseanne Barr on other issues.
  • Opposes allowing churches to provide welfare services. (Sep 2012)
Joe Biden on Welfare & Poverty
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Americans don't want handouts, just to be given a chance. (Sep 2014)
  • It's not "culture of dependency"; it's acquiring skills. (Sep 2012)
  • No faith-based initiative; it ain’t broke, so don’t fix it. (Oct 2007)
  • We’re no longer certain our kids will be better off than us. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
Jeb Bush on Welfare & Poverty
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 16 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • Vision for a right-to-rise society. (Feb 2015)
  • 1994 Phoenix Project: end welfare culture. (Jan 2015)
  • If you're born poor, the odds are stacked against you. (Mar 2013)
  • Proposed refusing federal money for welfare. (Dec 2009)
  • Created Governor's Faith-Based Advisory Board. (Dec 2009)
  • 1994: Get tough on recipients of public assistance. (Feb 2007)
  • More government money to religious groups. (Feb 2007)
  • Welcome community and faith based organizations as partners. (Mar 2004)
  • Replace AFDC with limited temporary assistance. (Jan 2000)
  • Limit welfare benefits; supports welfare-to-work. (Jul 1998)
  • Help welfare recipients into workforce. (Jul 1998)
  • Taking welfare should be more shameful than working. (Nov 1995)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)
Ben Carson on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 5 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • Get rid of dependency; that's true compassion. (Feb 2015)
  • Charities better at providing for needy than the government. (Mar 2013)
  • Those who don't want to work? They are on their own. (Jan 2012)
  • Government entitlements compete with private-sector charity. (Jan 2012)
  • Eradicate poverty by providing education and requiring work. (Jan 2012)
Lincoln Chafee on Welfare & Poverty
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)
Click here for 5 full quotes by Lincoln Chafee OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • Yes, government has a role in struggle against poverty. (Jan 2014)
  • Supports allowing churches to provide welfare services. (Sep 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
Hillary Clinton on Welfare & Poverty
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 23 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • In the face of suffering, God calls on us to respond. (Apr 2008)
  • Make sure the economy works for everybody. (Jan 2008)
  • Partner with faith based community in empowerment zones. (Dec 2007)
  • Considered idea of $5000 at birth to pay for future college. (Oct 2007)
  • Time-out for mortgage companies on march toward foreclosure. (Sep 2007)
  • Wellesley thesis: Saul Alinsky & people over bureaucrats. (Jun 2007)
  • Hedge funds incentivize risk, but need regulation. (Apr 2007)
  • Welfare reform was critical step despite flaws. (Nov 2003)
  • Lazio weakened housing standards and limited public housing. (Oct 2000)
  • Lazio fought against FHA on low-interest housing loans. (Oct 2000)
  • Equal access to capital and jobs. (Jan 2000)
  • Working should mean no poverty. (Jan 2000)
  • Community involvement helps, but only in short term. (Dec 1999)
  • Don’t criminalize the homeless. (Dec 1999)
  • 1969 thesis: Alinsky’s reforms too short term & local. (Apr 1999)
  • Microcredit is an invaluable tool in alleviating poverty. (Feb 1997)
  • Link payments to good parenting behavior. (Feb 1997)
  • 1976: Founded first indigent legal aid in Fayetteville AR. (Aug 1993)
  • Won series of high school awards, but barred from athletics. (Aug 1993)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
Ted Cruz on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Government checks create dependency. (Aug 2012)
Carly Fiorina on Welfare & Poverty
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    No stance on record.
Jim Gilmore on Welfare & Poverty
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
Click here for 5 full quotes by Jim Gilmore OR click here for Jim Gilmore on other issues.
  • Grow economy so people have better opportunity than welfare. (Aug 2015)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)
Lindsey Graham on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
Click here for 6 full quotes by Lindsey Graham OR click here for Lindsey Graham on other issues.
  • Fund welfare via religious & community-based NPOs. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Mike Huckabee on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 13 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • In AR, banned video poker & assisted suicide. (Nov 2008)
  • Shift federal social programs to church, family, & community. (Nov 2008)
  • Recognizes what your decisions do to people at the bottom. (Jan 2008)
  • First Amendment never intended to shut out voices of faith. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports Charitable Choice for funding faith-based providers. (Dec 2006)
  • Social service agencies can never replace the family. (Jun 1998)
  • Reinstitute Puritan work ethic as American foundation. (Jun 1998)
  • Welfare should be conditioned upon work. (Sep 1997)
  • Maintain TANF block grants. (Apr 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)
Bobby Jindal on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
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  • Feds obliged to care for those who can't care for themselves. (Nov 2010)
  • Land of the Free shouldn't become Land of the Free Lunch. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
Gary Johnson on Welfare & Poverty
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Click here for 3 full quotes by Gary Johnson OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.
  • Impose gross income cap on welfare recipients. (Jul 2011)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
John Kasich on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
Click here for 8 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • Matthew 25 commands us to aid the less fortunate. (Mar 2015)
  • People who played by the rules suffered; act decisively now. (Feb 2015)
  • Reach out and help those who live in the shadows. (Feb 2015)
  • Replace war on the poor with Christian compassion. (Oct 2013)
  • Chaired committee which overhauled the welfare system. (Nov 2010)
  • Focus next phase of welfare reform on fathers. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Peter King on Welfare & Poverty
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
Click here for 7 full quotes by Peter King OR click here for Peter King on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Martin O`Malley on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat
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  • Move from welfare to work; & raise Earned Income tax credit. (Jan 2014)
  • Anti-poverty programs grow our middle class. (Jan 2014)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
Barack Obama on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 26 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • FactCheck: Upward mobility hasn't stalled; US always was low. (Jan 2014)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit has helped half of all families. (Jan 2014)
  • Community organizing brings about redistributive change. (Feb 2013)
  • People want a hand up, not a handout. (Sep 2012)
  • Help refinancing for homeowners facing foreclosure. (Feb 2009)
  • FactCheck: Cannot limit refinancing to responsible borrowers. (Feb 2009)
  • Still denying decent wages, good benefits, & fair treatment. (Jul 2008)
  • AdWatch: Fought for workers from college thru Senate. (Jul 2008)
  • GovWatch: Welfare laws he “passed” were federally mandated. (Jul 2008)
  • Cut poverty in half in 10 years, with faith-based help. (Apr 2008)
  • Welfare policies contributed to erosion of black families. (Mar 2008)
  • Create 20 Promise Neighborhoods in high-poverty cities. (Feb 2008)
  • 1980s: Director of the Developing Communities Project. (Oct 2007)
  • Stop Fraud Act: full disclosure in subprime lending. (Sep 2007)
  • Engages people of faith on all aspects of his public service. (Aug 2007)
  • Saw dire poverty as a child in Indonesia. (Aug 2007)
  • 1985: Launched project to give voice to disempowered. (Aug 2007)
  • Ownership Society is another term for “Social Darwinism”. (Aug 2007)
  • Community organizer on Chicago’s South Side. (Feb 2007)
  • Black churches minister to social needs out of necessity. (Oct 2006)
  • Welfare recipients know how to succeed but need help. (Jul 2004)
  • Belief that "I am my brother's keeper" makes America work. (Jul 2004)
  • $100M increase in IL Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jun 2004)
  • Inner city problems are the painful truths. (Aug 1996)
  • Exorcise the ghostly figure that haunts black dreams. (Aug 1996)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
Sarah Palin on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 4 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • Got churches to provide private aid for starving people. (Sep 2011)
  • EITC moves thousands of welfare recipients into workforce. (Jan 2008)
  • Recognize Salvation Army and encourage charity to them. (Nov 2007)
  • Funding for faith-based initiatives is adequate today. (Oct 2006)
George Pataki on Welfare & Poverty
Republican NY Governor
Click here for 5 full quotes by George Pataki OR click here for George Pataki on other issues.
  • Mandatory workfare ends dependency, not cultural change. (Aug 2015)
  • Replace dependency with opportunity. (May 2015)
  • Four-year limit for full welfare benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
Rand Paul on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 8 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • Federal "gifts" don't generate wealth but perpetuate poverty. (Jan 2015)
  • Be aware of those who are missing out on American Dream. (Jan 2015)
  • Tax cuts help the poor because local businesses will hire. (Apr 2014)
  • Strong safety net, but one that doesn't suffocate us. (Jan 2014)
  • Economic freedom zones: low taxes in high unemployment areas. (Jan 2014)
  • Economic freedom zones in depressed inner cities. (Dec 2013)
  • Poverty line is $11,490, but welfare adds $25,000. (Oct 2013)
  • Block grant welfare to states and communities. (Oct 2013)
Rick Perry on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 6 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Many homeless chose their lifestyle; take a hard approach. (Feb 2008)
  • Help Texans move off public assistance. (Jan 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)
Marco Rubio on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 8 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • EITC isn't enough for single workers who don't have kids. (Jan 2014)
  • Take next step in War on Poverty: provide opportunity. (Jan 2014)
  • Feds help deal with poverty; states can help escape it. (Jan 2014)
  • War on Poverty shows big-government approach fails. (Jan 2014)
  • Communities & churches once took care of neighbors. (Jun 2012)
  • Incentives to actually construct affordable housing. (Nov 2006)
  • Redesign child welfare to outsource foster care. (Nov 2006)
  • Institute tax-free zones in downtrodden inner-city areas. (Nov 2006)
Bernie Sanders on Welfare & Poverty
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 13 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Economic insecurity is pivotal in how one lives one's life. (Jun 1997)
  • Land Trust: affordable housing by resale below market rates. (Jun 1997)
  • Opposed cutting food stamps. (Jun 1997)
  • U.S. has highest income inequality in industrialized world. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Fully fund Head Start; Job Corps; and WIC food program. (Apr 1993)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)
Rick Santorum on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 27 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • I ended a federal entitlement; never done before or since. (Aug 2015)
  • Parents generation never wanted nor spoke about state help. (Apr 2014)
  • Extreme individualists don't look out for our fellow man. (Apr 2014)
  • Tough love to end welfare as entitlement. (Apr 2014)
  • FactCheck: Obama waived workfare? No, he leaves it to states. (Aug 2012)
  • Promote marriage & abstinence as a way to avoid poverty. (Jan 2012)
  • Block grant Medicaid, housing, & food stamps to states. (Jan 2012)
  • Poverty is not a disability; believe in ability to work. (Jan 2012)
  • I authored the only bill to remove an entitlement. (Jan 2012)
  • No compromise on core principles; compromise on all else. (Aug 2011)
  • Send Food Stamps & means-tested entitlements to the states. (Jul 2011)
  • FactCheck: No, church attendance in Europe is above 10%. (Jul 2011)
  • Drafted & managed 1994 Contract with America Welfare Reform. (Jun 2011)
  • Support time-limits for able-bodied welfare recipients. (Apr 2006)
  • Great Society barely budged poverty but fractured families. (Apr 2006)
  • One Percent Solution: increase charitable giving to 2.5%. (Apr 2006)
  • AmeriCorps "volunteers" do build social capital. (Apr 2006)
  • Discriminatory to NOT give money to faith-based groups. (Apr 2006)
  • Promotes Individual Development Accounts set up by churches. (Apr 2006)
  • Black entrepreneurship vanished with liberal welfare policy. (Apr 2006)
  • You don't help people by making them dependent on you. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
Jill Stein on Welfare & Poverty
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
Click here for 4 full quotes by Jill Stein OR click here for Jill Stein on other issues.
  • Economic human rights: food, water, & housing. (Jun 2015)
  • Right to affordable housing: expand rental & home assistance. (Jan 2012)
  • Don't prevent church-based welfare, but not as substitute. (Dec 2011)
  • Affordable housing & community development. (Nov 2001)
Donald Trump on Welfare & Poverty
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 4 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • I don't like firing people; work makes people better. (Dec 2011)
  • Food stamps should be temporary; not a decade on the dole. (Dec 2011)
  • Apply welfare-to-work to 76 other welfare programs. (Dec 2011)
  • Let “saints” help teen moms; restrict public assistance. (Jul 2000)
Scott Walker on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes by Scott Walker OR click here for Scott Walker on other issues.
  • Help transition from government dependence to independence. (Jan 2014)
  • Public workers should contribute 18.4% to health & pension. (Nov 2013)
  • Able-bodied must work or train to get food stamps. (Nov 2013)
James Webb on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Sr Senator
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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