Santorum: “The Greatest Antidote to Poverty in America Is a Stable Family”

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.

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The 12 Best Marco Rubio Quotes About Poverty

Early last year, Senator Marco Rubio gave a speech on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty.”

If you haven’t seen this speech, watch it now. This is a must-watch for any informed voter.

Here are 12 key quotes from Rubio’s speech:

  1. “For fifty years now, we have tried big government. Yet too many people remain trapped in despair. Now, we must try a new way.”
  2. “We are still a country where hard work and perseverance can earn you a better life…Yet we are rightfully troubled that many of our people are still caught in what seems to be a pervasive, unending financial struggle…every American deserves an equal opportunity to achieve success.”
  3. “For most Americans, their primary aspiration is to achieve a better life…to earn a livable wage in a good job. To have the time to spend with family and do the things they enjoy. To be able to retire with security. And to give their own kids a chance to do as well or better than themselves.”
  4. “70% of children born into poverty will never make it to the middle class. The uncomfortable truth is that there are now a number of other countries with as much or more opportunity than ours. In fact, more people in Canada go on to surpass the income of their parents than in the United States.”
  5. “America is still the land of opportunity for most, but it is not a land of opportunity for all. If we are to remain an exceptional nation, we must close this gap in opportunity.”
  6. “The truth is, the greatest tool to lift children and families from poverty is one that decreases the probability of child poverty by 82%.
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