Tom Tancredo on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (CO-6)
A: OK, I just cannot agree with this race-baiting kind of comments about the reason why we have these problems. Look, why was it that in the 1940s & 1950s, into the early 1960s, the ability for Blacks in the US to improve themselves economically was working? They were moving up the ladder. Families were intact--in better shape, by the way, than most white families of that same period of time. What happened? Two things have happened to--I believe--to devastate the Black community when it comes to economic opportunity. One, the welfare state; it began to pay people to not be in the home. And when that happened, what we saw is a decline in wage rates. And two, of course, is the importation of millions of low-income workers that depress the wage rates for the lowest income among us.
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