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Report: welfare system rigged to replace work, not encourage work
Our Challenge Our country is all about striving, but too many of our people are stuck. Today in America, if you are raised poor, you are just as likely to stay poor as you were 50 years ago. The key word here is "stay." Our welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. Washington measures success by how much it spends, not by how much it helps. The system traps families in a cycle of poverty, shuffling them from program to program instead of helping them break free altogether.
- No amount of government intervention--no matter how well-intentioned--can replace the great drivers of daily life: our talents and aspirations, our neighbors and loved ones, our communities and places of worship. We are all in this fight together, and we need an approach which reflects that shared responsibility.
- We need to attack poverty right at its roots. Instead of starting with welfare, we start with work. Instead of expanding government, we
expand opportunity. Instead of letting people languish, we get them on the ladder of opportunity and help them climb that ladder so they can make the most of their lives.
- We have to open up the system to accountability for taxpayers, and open it up to collaboration with the men and women on the front lines of this fight.
Also see Overview of "A Better Way"; details of "Vision for Poverty & Opportunity"; and related GOP plank on healthcare
- Reward work. If you are capable, we will expect you to work or prepare for work.
- Tailor benefits to people's needs. We will match poverty-fighting programs with your needs so that it's easier for you to get back on your feet.
- Improve skills and schools. We will make sure that poor kids have more opportunities to succeed at every stage, from childhood through college.
- Plan and save for the future. We will make it easier for you and your family to plan for the future and be retirement-ready.
- Demand results. We will open up the system to accountability and collaboration, backing ideas that work on the front lines.
Participating counts on VoteMatch question 30.
Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
- Topic: Welfare & Poverty
- Headline: Welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work
- Key for participation codes:
- Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
- Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
- Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
- Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
- Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.
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