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Tim Scott on Welfare & Poverty

 


I flunked Civics & English but thought my way out of poverty

I started my small business, in a small apartment with some friends. I was a poor kid growing up in a single parent household. I was losing myself. I had lost my way. I flunked out of high school as a freshman. I failed World Geography, Civics. Now think about that; a United States Senator who failed Civics. I used to think I was the only one, and when I became a member of the Senate, I realized that there might be a few more who didn't pass Civics either, and then I failed Spanish and English. Now, when you fail Spanish AND English, they don't call you bi-lingual. Nope, they call you bi-ignorant, because you can't speak any language, and that's where I found myself.

That why I give so much credit to [my mentor] John Monis, a Chick-Fil-A operator. He came along at the right time. John Monise taught me that you can think your way out of poverty. That Citadel graduate taught me that if you really want to escape poverty, it comes through the power of education.

Source: Speech at 2014 CPAC convention , Mar 6, 2014

Conservative values based on "think your way out of poverty"

Tim was raised in a single parent household in North Charleston, seeing his mom work 16 hour days to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. He got his first job, changing oil at a gas station, when he was 13. After almost failing out of high school as a freshman, he was fortunate to meet his mentor, a Chick Fil-a operator named John Moniz, who helped teach him conservative values. Through the love and strength imparted by his mom, and Moniz's idea that you could 'think your way out of poverty,' Tim's passion for conservative values began.

Tim built his business from the ground up, and as the owner of Tim Scott Allstate was named the South Carolina Agency Owner of the Year. He was first elected to public office in 1995, and served at the local and state level until his election to Congress in 2010.

Source: 2013 Campaign website, votetimscott.com, "Bio" , Apr 15, 2013

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