Statements about Poverty

Twenty percent of single adults, ages 21 to 25 with no kids, "are not working or even in school trying to find a job."  

"97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states."

Florida has the "third most-regressive tax" structure.

The number of jobs created and people lifted out of poverty during Bill Clinton’s presidency was "a hundred times" what it was under President Ronald Reagan.

"There are more than 46 million Americans living in poverty today -- the largest number in 54 years."

"Expanding Medicaid would create 63k jobs."

Says he lived in a colonia while working as a farm worker.

"The average age of the minimum wage worker is 35 years old."

"$3 billion over the next five years will be taken out of our public schools and be put into vouchers."  

In the 1950s and 1960s, "the minimum wage was such that it would lift you out of poverty."

"For every one job created under the Obama administration, 75 people went on food stamps."

The Wisconsin school voucher program "has no research that shows that it’s going to improve student learning."

"Fifty percent of Americans will go hungry at some time in their lives."

If you work 40 hours a week at the proposed minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, "you get out of poverty."

Under his leadership, more people in Wisconsin "have access to health care."

"In Rhode Island today, 25 percent of our households either don't have a bank account at all, or they have a bank account and they're still relying on high-cost financial services like payday loans, pawn shop check cashing and so on."

When Republicans last controlled the presidency and Congress, "the number of people on food stamps (and) the number of people in low-income housing went through the roof."  

"Manufacturing wages today in America on a per-hour basis are actually a bit lower than average wages in the economy as a whole."

"Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red states."

The percentage of black children born without a father in the home has risen from 7 percent in 1964 to 73 percent today, due to changes from President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.

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