State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Thomas Ravenel: New Deal & Great Society are examples of federal overreach

Ravenel and Kocher made respective cases for unseating Graham by emphasizing their aim to place more federal government services, such as the IRS and Medicaid, under state control.

Ravenel argued that history shows the New Deal and Great Society programs passed by Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson are examples of federal overreach that should be eliminated. For example, the government could dole out Medicaid funding to the states in the form of block grants and let the states run the programs from there, Ravenel said. That could help eliminate bureaucratic red tape and encourage each state to experiment and innovate. "It's nothing about cutting anything, it's about being more efficient," he said.

Source: The Island Packet on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jul 21, 2014

Nikki Haley: Trade welfare check for dignity of paycheck

I often heard the complaint that there were too many dependent on government assistance. There was a belief that some of our fellow South Carolinians were choosing to remain on welfare rather than get a job. I don't believe that.

Previously, with Washington having its way, we would handle welfare recipients by asking a few simple questions, effectively checking a box, and handing over a check. Easy in, easy out.

But no one improves their lot in life that way. Now we do things differently. We dig deeper. We ask them about their skills, what they are good at. And then, we find them a job. Yes, it seems like a simple concept, but here's the deal: it works. Since starting this program in 2011, we have moved more than 20,000 South Carolinians from welfare to work.

We should all be proud of this program. But more than that, we should be proud of those workers, those South Carolinians who traded the false stability of a welfare check for the true dignity of a well-earned paycheck.

Source: 2014 South Carolina State of the State Address Jan 22, 2014

Chris Dodd: No drug tests for welfare recipients

Q: Since we test employees for drugs, shouldn’t welfare recipients have to pass a drug test to receive a check?

A: Well, not necessarily. I think the country gets uneasy about going around and testing us all the time. We’re over-tested already as it is People need welfare for their families and children. There may be addicts that need that help and assistance. To deprive them of that because they have an illness seems to me the wrong direction to be going in. Let’s be more respectful.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Hedge funds incentivize risk, but need regulation

Q: How is America a better place because of all these NYC-based burgeoning hedge funds?

A: America is a great place because we have an entrepreneurial economy. We have people who are willing to invest their money in new enterprises. And one of the other reasons we’re a great country is because we’ve learned over the years how to regulate that, so nobody gets an unfair advantage--we have a framework within which our free market system operates. It’s exciting to represent both New York City, the global capital market leader, and yet I also represent a big state where there are a lot of poor people and people who have no access to health care or affordable college. They’re worried about their futures. We’ve got to get back to having a Democratic president who will set the rules, so that we can continue to build our economy, we can inspire and incentivize people to take those risks, but we begin to repair the damage that has been done by this president and Republican Congress.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

John Edwards: Despite mistake on $400 haircut, understands poverty

Q: You’ve spoken with great passion and energy and eloquence about the issue of poverty---your “two Americas” theme. But one journalist criticizes you on this issue: “Many people miss the point about the haircuts. The point is not the cost. John Edwards is a very rich man and could afford even a $400 haircut. But why did he pay for his haircuts out of campaign funds?”

A: Well, that was a mistake, which we’ve remedied. It was simply a mistake. But if the question is whether I live a privileged and blessed lifestyle now, the answer to that’s yes. A lot of us do. But it’s not where I come from. And I’ve not forgotten where I come from. Many people know that my dad worked in textile mills all his life. The reason I’m running for president of the United States is so that everybody in this country can have the same kind of chances I’ve had.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

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