Statements about Children

"Our high school graduation rate is the highest on record."

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.

Cuba has "a lower child mortality rate than ours. Their life expectancy is now greater than ours."

"Unemployment insurance kept more than 620,000 children out of poverty in 2012."

Marriage "decreases the probability of child poverty by 82 percent."

"By the time she turns 3 years old, a child born into a low-income home hears 30 million fewer words than a child from a well-off family."

The Obama administration shut down the Amber Alert program because of the government shutdown.

"More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock."

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

"One person, Kathleen Sebelius, was going to determine whether or not" 10-year-old lung patient Sarah Murnaghan would live or die.

"Well over 90 percent of felony cases, all over the nation, are committed by defendants who grew up in father-absent households."

"Very few men outlive their own fertility."

Says if Congress doesn’t avoid the sequester, "tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids."

If the sequester hits, "hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings."

After President Barack Obama’s health care law takes full effect, "100 percent" of Americans will "depend on some form of federal payment, some form of government benefit to help provide for them."

"A little less than 50 percent of the people in this country depend on some form of federal payment, some form of government benefit to help provide for them."

As a result of welfare reform, "poverty levels went down to the lowest level ever for ... African-American children."

When George W. Bush was governor of Texas, "the percentage uninsured went down." Under his successor, Rick Perry, "it's gone up."

About two-thirds of Medicaid beneficiaries are children, but they account for one-third of the program’s cost, while one-third are elderly, and they account for two-thirds of the cost.

Says it’s a "statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death."

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