Norm Coleman on Welfare & Poverty

Republican Sr Senator (MN)

Create jobs and there’s no need for welfare

For Norm Coleman, questions about welfare miss the whole point of his candidacy. Under a Norm Coleman administration, he says, Minnesota won’t need welfare. Coleman says, “We’ll have jobs. People ask me, ‘Mayor, what are you doing for kids?’ And I say, ‘The best thing we can do for kids is make sure their moms and dads have an opportunity to work.’” Coleman says he’ll make sure the employment trends continue by lowering taxes and stimulating growth in the private sector.
Source: MPR Election 98 coverage Aug 10, 1998

Create safety net; not a web you get stuck in

I understand there is a need for a safety net for the few, the few who are not capable of taking care of themselves. There’s a difference between a net and a web. You think about a safety net, you think about somebody on the high wire at the circus who fall and bounce in and bounce up and get back on their feet. That’s what welfare should be about. Instead, what we’ve done, you fall off, you fall into the web, you get stuck in cycles of dependency and you never get out.
Source: MPR Election 98 coverage Aug 10, 1998

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