Family Research Council

Welfare Still a Poor Replacement for Family


By Tony Perkins
September 23, 2014

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Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Based on the latest numbers, it looks like Americans are more interested in a provider-in-chief than a commander-in-chief. Both parties say they care more about the poor -- and right now, there are plenty to care about. Under President Obama, there are more people living in poverty than ever before. The Left's solution is expanding welfare. And according to the latest HHS report, they've succeeded. More Americans are on welfare than ever in American history. But throwing money at the problem isn't solving it. Why? Well, because the real issue isn't financial breakdown -- it's family breakdown. Conservatives like Rick Santorum understand that reducing poverty is as simple as this: "Work, graduate from high school, and get married before you have children." Do that and your chances of ending up in poverty are about 2%. If all you do is get married, then your odds of living in poverty are about 6%. Welfare isn't the solution. Attention to our families' welfare is.

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