At a presidential forum at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas, Rick Santorum used data and social science to reveal the real solution to poverty:
GRAHAM: Talk to us about how you believe government should appropriately show compassion towards the outsider, the person who is down, the person who needs help. How do we help them?
SANTORUM: Yeah, the Bible is very clear about the responsibility to help the poor. I mean, it’s mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible. I don’t think I see anywhere in the Bible where it says the government is supposed to do that.
Now, that doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be certain government safety net programs. I don’t think anyone here is saying we should get rid of social security, or unemployment insurance. They’re basic programs that most folks have agreed to accept. But what we see is an ever-increasing expansion. If you listened to the Democratic debate the other day, it was like, ‘Okay, I raise you one new entitlement and two more!’ I mean, it was just more and more. ‘I’ll pay for this. No I’ll pay for that!’ That’s the problem that we have, is that we’ve got into a bidding as to how we’re going to, quote, help people. And what we’ve found is that these programs actually don’t help people.
If you look at welfare as an example, and the other means-tested entitlement programs – I’m talking about Medicaid, food stamps, housing assistance and the like – all of them create a problem by infusing themselves and creating a dependency, number one.