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Bobby Jindal on Welfare & Poverty

Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)

 


Cut government to reclaim American dream with good jobs

I believe in the American dream. I think President Obama's done a lot of damage to our country. I think that one of the worst things he has done is try to change the idea of America to be one of dependence. If you want more good paying jobs, if you want the government out of your lives, we've got to cut the size of government.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

Feds obliged to care for those who can't care for themselves

The biggest threat to our freedom comes when we are tempted to bargain away, little by little, the liberties other Americans have fought and died to place in our hands. When times are rough, that temptation grows.

Don't get me wrong. I firmly believe each and every one of God's children has an obligation to care for those who can't care for themselves, and the government can and should lend a hand. In Congress, I cast a few votes along those lines that irritated my fellow conservatives.

Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.158-159 , Nov 15, 2010

Land of the Free shouldn't become Land of the Free Lunch

We declared war on poverty more than forty years ago. We have spent trillions in fighting it. Yet the poverty rate today is basically unchanged. We've fought an expensive war on poverty and we are poorer as a nation than if we had never fired a shot. Yet many in Washington still fell the Land of the Free should become the Land of the Free Lunch.

Don't get me wrong. I believe in some safety nets. But safety nets can, and often do, create "moral hazards" when they encourage irresponsible behavior. It took the federal government decades to figure out that if welfare subsidizes out-of-wedlock births, you get more out-of-wedlock births! And government programs that promise us "safety" are always oversold and cost more than estimated.

Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.163-164 , Nov 15, 2010

Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers.

Voting YES on this amendment would add $70 million to the Section 8 housing voucher program, funding an additional 10,000 affordable housing vouchers.
Reference: Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations; Bill HR 5576 Amendment 1015 ; vote number 2006-267 on Jun 13, 2006

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