More headlines: Al Gore on Welfare & Poverty

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Second generation welfare: Responsibility and child support

Vice President Al Gore supports the measures passed under the 1996 welfare reform effort. He has called for an increased reliance on religious and other volunteer organizations to help needy. Gore has proposed a “second generation” of welfare reform to require all fathers who owe child support to pay up or be required to go to work to support their children. Gore proposed “parental responsibility accounts” for families on welfare. The vice president also has proposed federal grants for states that created successful programs for finding work for unemployed parents who owed child support. He has called for policies that would make it easier for credit card companies to deny new credit cards to parents who were delinquent in child support payments.
Source: NY Times Jun 5, 2000

Proposes sweeping Federal programs, $Billions, for needy

Gore talks about the poverty from which his parents sprang, but he does not talk much about poverty today, except in broad generalities. What he does is propose sweeping new Federal programs to help the disabled, the sick, the poor, and other needy groups. He pledged, for example, to bring about “the largest increase in special education ever,” which he later conceded would cost billions of dollars. Clinton’s declaration that “the era of big government is over” seemed long ago and far away.
Source: New York Times, p. A12, col. 5-6 Oct 11, 1999

Set goals & provide tools to reach goals locally

Government that tries to be an omnipresent welfare state will only leave its people in a catatonic state. Smaller, more empowering government unleashes the energy of ordinary families & communities. [Our] welfare reforms set national standards for moving people from welfare to work, but then let states & local communities shape the reforms that work best for them. Government [should] set goals, & provide the tools to reach them-leaving a vital role for churches, civic institutions, & families.
Source: Speech at International REGO Conference, Washington DC Jan 14, 1999

Other candidates on Welfare & Poverty: Al Gore on other issues:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

Third Parties:
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
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