Statements about Poverty

Says "there are actually more people in poverty now than there were when we started" the War on Poverty.  

Among the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas, Milwaukee is the "only one" where the poverty rate is more than "four times greater in the city than it is in the suburbs."

"7 out of 10 Oregon families living in poverty have at least one parent who works."

Half of Oregon university students are on Pell Grants.

Says "nearly half of Oregon's children are poor."

"Why didn't (uninsured Americans) buy insurance? Because of the expense."

Food stamp spending "doubled under President Bush, doubled again under President Obama."  

"More Americans receive food aid than work in (the) private sector."

Says 97 percent of food stamp benefits "are paid in the proper amounts to people who are really eligible."

"Some of these members of the House of Representatives get hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies" but want to cut food stamps.

Says 70,000 children "have lost their Head Start slots" because of the sequester.

"Half of all hospitalized seniors are suffering from malnutrition so severe that it either caused their illness or it prevents them from getting better."

"70,000 three-year-olds and four-year-olds across America will lose access to the preschool Head Start program. ... 2,000 in the state of Florida alone."

A Wisconsin bill to limit use of food stamps for junk food would also "prevent -- or limit --  the extent to which" food stamps could be used for organic foods.

"Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men."

"Expanding Medicaid will worsen health care options for the most vulnerable among us in Texas."

The United States spends "$2.2 billion on free cell phones, $27 million on Moroccan pottery classes" and pays for "the travel expenses for the watermelon queen in Alabama."    

"In the United States, 50 percent of social services are provided by the Catholic church."

Of every "three dollars in food stamps for the needy, seven dollars in salaries and pensions (go to) the bureaucrats who are supposed to be taking care of the poor."

Two-thirds of Wisconsinites receiving unemployment checks "are not required to search for work due to current work search exemptions."

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