Statements about Poverty
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."
"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."
Without a Medicaid expansion, 275,000 more Ohioans could be getting their primary care in emergency rooms, costing "everybody a lot of money."
Says Travis County's unemployment rate is below the national average while its poverty rate exceeds the national average--and local poverty is rising.
Says he and Mitt Romney agreed on tying minimum wage increases to inflation.
"When George Bush became president of the United States, 17 million people were in poverty. When he left, 30 million people were in poverty."
"Poverty levels (are) at an all-time high."
Among Milwaukee Public Schools students, "86 percent are behind in reading and 80 percent are behind in math."
"One out of every four students fails to earn a high school diploma. In our major cities across America, half of our kids don’t graduate."
Says food stamp growth, while high, lagged the rise in unemployment.
"The poverty level in" the Dallas school district "is one of the highest in the country, higher than New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit and Newark."
Says "the number of Americans living at or below the poverty line is at its highest level since" 1964.
"There is no evidence that poor people abuse drugs more frequently than any other socio-economic group."
Rhode Island has taken its federal Medicaid funding and shown it can run the program more cost-effectively than the federal government.
"The poverty rate amongst women is the worst it’s been in 17 years and the extreme poverty rate is the worst it’s ever been."
Brendan Doherty wants "to repeal Obamacare, increasing drug prices for seniors."
"For Social Security, which is projected to remain solvent through 2033, Whitehouse has cosponsored [a bill that] . . . would extend the life of the program by an additional 75 years."
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