Statements about Poverty

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.

"Over the past three years, ‘deep poverty’ has reached its highest level on record."

"If you have a job in this country, (there's a) 97 percent chance that you're not going to be in poverty."

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

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

"About 2 percent of Americans get paid the minimum wage."

"On (the federal minimum wage of) $7.75, you can’t even make half the poverty level."

"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."

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

"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."

Says he and Mitt Romney agreed on tying minimum wage increases to inflation.

"More Hispanics have fallen into poverty under Obama."

"One out of two Americans … are living either in or near poverty. That means 150 million Americans, half of us."

"It costs about $40,000 a year for a homeless person to be on the streets."

"When my grandfather came to this country back in 1925, there were no government benefits."  

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