Joe Kennedy III on Welfare & Poverty



The world's greatest nation shouldn't leave anyone behind

We see an economy that makes stocks soar, investor portfolios bulge and corporate profits climb but fails to give workers their fair share of the reward.

For this administration, dignity isn't something you're born with but something you measure. By your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size.

[The American ideal that we are all equal]--today that promise is being broken. By an administration that callously appraises our worthiness and decides who makes the cut and who can be bargained away.

They are turning American life into a zero-sum game. Where, in order for one to win, another must lose. We can cut taxes for corporations today if we raise them for families tomorrow. Coal miners or single moms. Rural communities or inner cities. The coast or the heartland.

So here is the answer Democrats offer tonight: we choose both. We fight for both. Because the strongest, richest, greatest nation in the world shouldn't leave any one behind.

Source: Democratic Response to 2018 State of the Union address , Jan 30, 2018

Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients.

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