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."  

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

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

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."  

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."

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.

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."    

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

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 Gov. Scott Walker approved a "gutting" of two tax credits that help the poor and elderly.

Says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is making voting more difficult by closing Department of Motor Vehicles offices where "low-income voters" live.

"Before Medicare, only 51 percent of Americans 65 and older had health care coverage and nearly 30 percent lived below the poverty line. Today, thanks to Medicare ... nearly all seniors have coverage and 75 percent fewer struggle in poverty."

"Just 400 Americans -- 400 -- have more wealth than half of all Americans combined."

"I represent the fourth-poorest (congressional) district" in the nation.

Advertisement
How to contact us:

We want to hear your suggestions and comments. For tips or comments on our campaign promise database, please e-mail the Obameter. If you are commenting on a specific promise, please include the promise number. For comments about our Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter items, please e-mail the Truth-O-Meter. We’re especially interested in seeing any chain e-mails you receive that you would like us to check out. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.

Browse the The Truth-O-MeterTM:
Browse The Obameter:
Subscribe:

Keep up to date with Politifact National: