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Congressman Gohmert: I got into politics to stop paying poor women to have kids
bizpacreview ^ | 1/9/14 | Joe Saunders

Posted on 01/18/2014 5:30:34 AM PST by listenhillary

Liberal heads probably exploded all over the Beltway on Wednesday when Texas conservative Congressman Louie Gohmert took to the House floor to do something libs truly hate:

Tell the truth about welfare checks and unwed mothers – and say he got into politics to do something about it.

President Lyndon Johnson’s so-called War on Poverty led directly to an explosion of illegitimate births in the United States, Gohmert said, which led directly to Gohmert going into national politics.

“If it weren’t for the policies in this War on Poverty declared 50 years ago, it may well be that I would not have ever run for Congress,” Gohmert said.

“Because what got me thinking about it first as a state district judge back in Texas was seeing more and more young women, single women coming before me — single moms — charged with welfare fraud.

One women had had 15 kids, didn’t even know where they all were, that was the most that I ever dealt with. It began to really eat away with me that in the ‘60s the federal government, desiring to help poor moms who were dealing with deadbeat dads, decided, ‘We’ll help, we’ll give a check for every child you can have out of wedlock.’

And guess what happened? More people had children out of wedlock.

In 1963, one year before Johnson’s absurd declaration of “war” against a universal part of the human condition, the white illegitimacy rate in the United States was 3.07 percent, according to the Department of Labor. The black illegitimacy rate was 23.6 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Fifty years into the war, the illegitimacy rate – THE SINGLE MOST CONSISTENT PREDICTOR OF POVERTY – is 25 percent for whites, 42 percent for Hispanics and a truly staggering 72 percent for blacks.

Refreshingly, at least, this isn’t a question about race, it’s a question about reality. Democrats declared “war” on poverty in 1964, then spent the next 50 years deliberately and proudly subsidizing the one factor — single motherhood — that ensured children will be born into poverty, and in turn have even more children born poor.

So it was the insane, cyclical failure of Texan Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” that got Texan Louie Gohmert into politics.

The liberal website Raw Story published a story about Gohmert on Thursday under what its editors probably thought was a mocking headline: “Louie Gohmert: I became a congressman to stop single moms from getting welfare checks.”

To libs, accusing Gohmert of going into politics to stop welfare checks to single mothers is an insult.

With Gohmert, it’s just the truth. And something to be actually be proud of.


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1 posted on 01/18/2014 5:30:34 AM PST by listenhillary
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To: listenhillary

Sorry, Louie. Shouldn’t have gone there. This isn’t about truth or what’s right or wrong any more. This isn’t about building a healthier nation by promoting individual earned success. This is about using POWER to reward your friends and punish your enemies.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 5:44:50 AM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: listenhillary

Well at least ONE person sees the light. Too bad there are so many “blind” liberals that have difficulty grasping the truth. The problem isn’t going to get resolved anytime soon.

Another potential reason for all this is to create even MORE demodummie voters. Once they get into the welfare trough (and get their “free s&5t”, as they call it), they are hooked for life. There are exceptions to all this but they are VERY RARE.


3 posted on 01/18/2014 5:45:04 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: listenhillary

Bravo, Louie!

Keep making their heads explode by telling the truth.


4 posted on 01/18/2014 5:46:17 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: listenhillary

18 Trillion in War of Poverty and its a terrible failure.
Freegards
LEX


5 posted on 01/18/2014 5:48:14 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: listenhillary

So what’s his solution?


6 posted on 01/18/2014 5:51:33 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Progov

Healthcare, knockout game, gun violence, immigration, lack of jobs, cashiers that can’t make change, drug abuse, child abuse, crack babies, obesity, cultural decline, Justin Bieber.

There is little that can’t be tied to the disastrous war on poverty.


7 posted on 01/18/2014 5:53:10 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: DoodleDawg

Stop rewarding women to have out of wedlock babies? I thought we got rid of “bumping the check” with additional babies, but I could be wrong.

Is there a solution?


8 posted on 01/18/2014 5:56:01 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary

According to Hannity, Gohmert offered him his seat at the SOTU show. Hannity was undecided on whether he wold take him up on that offer.


9 posted on 01/18/2014 5:57:53 AM PST by randita
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To: randita

I think I heard that Hannity was going.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 5:59:23 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary

Louie may not be the next great BSing politician, but he is a good ol East Tx Boy.


11 posted on 01/18/2014 6:00:40 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: listenhillary
Stop rewarding women to have out of wedlock babies?.

So he's calling for ending welfare period?

12 posted on 01/18/2014 6:01:53 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

Personal responsibility.


13 posted on 01/18/2014 6:01:57 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: listenhillary

This is the entire speech that Louie Gohmert gave on Jan. 9.
About 21:30 minutes Gohmert describes his experience as a judge.

Gohmert Breaks Down The ‘War on Poverty’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inTvI6BCcAY

Around 10 min. Gohmert talks about the auto bailout and the unconstitutional actions of this administration, comparing it to the IRS targeting of conservatives, and calls out SCOTUS for their inaction.

Sidenote> one car dealership worth 5 million was given to a democrat to add to his car dealership. Car dealers who gave to the GOP were targeted.


14 posted on 01/18/2014 6:09:03 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: mylife

Nailed it.


15 posted on 01/18/2014 6:16:21 AM PST by onedoug
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To: DoodleDawg
So what’s his solution?

We didn't get here overnight and the solution won't be an overnight fix...

Based on the premise we as a country don't leave children starving as many of these welfare moms will if completely cut off..

1. Pass legislation in 2014 you cannot receive benefits for more than two children that any new baby mommies have...
2. 2024, ten years later you cannot receive benefits for more than one child
3. 2034 benefits completely cut off...

Incentify mothers to get married, by giving better benefits to married women who need assistance...

16 posted on 01/18/2014 6:16:33 AM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: listenhillary

Glad to call him my congressman....


17 posted on 01/18/2014 6:18:59 AM PST by machman
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To: DoodleDawg

That would be the rational move.

I don’t know what we will do with the massive herd of people ill equipped to function in society. The first step is to stop increasing the herd.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 6:28:56 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary
In 1963, one year before Johnson’s absurd declaration of “war” against a universal part of the human condition, the white illegitimacy rate in the United States was 3.07 percent, according to the Department of Labor. The black illegitimacy rate was 23.6 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Fifty years into the war, the illegitimacy rate – THE SINGLE MOST CONSISTENT PREDICTOR OF POVERTY – is 25 percent for whites, 42 percent for Hispanics and a truly staggering 72 percent for blacks.

Interesting - finally an explanation for how someone like Sharpton can be a 'leader'...

19 posted on 01/18/2014 6:30:59 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: listenhillary
Hoorah for Louie!

This from back in the late 19th century:

"George McGonegal, New York state superintendent of the poor, criticized programs wherein 'families are furnished a stated amount weekly or monthly, and this is continued week after week and year after year.' McGonegal argued that recipients soon 'lose their energy and self-respect and find it easier to rely upon the industry of others to furnish them their daily bread than to exert themselves to earn a livelihood.' He pointed out the danger of what we today call inter-generational dependency: When parents' prayers for a daily dole were answered,

their children learn to think that getting provisions and fuel from the overseer of the poor is perfectly right and proper, and they are almost certain to follow in the footsteps of their parents."

from The Tragedy of American Compassion by Marvin Olasky

20 posted on 01/18/2014 6:38:18 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Popman
We didn't get here overnight and the solution won't be an overnight fix...

No argument there, but if we agree with Gohmert that there are a lot of abuses in the system then solutions need to be identified. What solutions are Gohmert proposing? Something? Anything?

I'm tired of the people in Washington getting up and spouting the obvious and just leaving it at that. A lot of people abuse the welfare system? Well thank you Captain Obvious, tell us something we don't know. Gohmert says he got into politics to put an end to it? Well he's been in office for 9 years. If that was his motivation then surely he's come up with some ideas for a solution. What is he waiting for?

21 posted on 01/18/2014 6:43:00 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: listenhillary
I don’t know what we will do with the massive herd of people ill equipped to function in society. The first step is to stop increasing the herd.

Cutting off benefits won't slow the increase in the size of the herd. Cutting off something else might, and might be an incentive for the baby daddies.

22 posted on 01/18/2014 6:44:42 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: listenhillary
One women had had 15 kids, didn’t even know where they all were,...with deadbeat dads

Wonder how many "dads" were involved. Thank you LBJ, you sorry lowlife bastard.

23 posted on 01/18/2014 6:48:47 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Freee-dame

bump


24 posted on 01/18/2014 7:14:03 AM PST by Freee-dame
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To: DoodleDawg
We can't cut off benefits for those already on them, but we can stop increasing the size of the herd by denying benefits to future kids. If welfare cash and housing benefits were denied for any child born 9 months from the day of passage, the illegitimacy rate would fall substantially in a year.

For some girls, having a baby is their plan for the future. Take away that option, put the cost of their actions back on them and their parents, and all of a sudden having a baby at 16 is an act of financial stupidity in their eyes. Marriage might even come back in style.

25 posted on 01/18/2014 7:20:17 AM PST by Betty Jane
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To: listenhillary

“Tell the truth about welfare checks and unwed mothers – and say he got into politics to do something about it.”

I saw a documentary like 25 years ago and they were interviewing the welfare mothers. They all said the same thing, they got pregnant so they could get on welfare and get out of their mother’s house and get their own apt.

Then they interviewed a few older ones sitting around playing cards in the afternoon and they all said they didn’t try to get a job because they could live on welfare. At that time they were raking in about $23,000 per year.


26 posted on 01/18/2014 7:23:17 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: listenhillary
And guess what happened? More people had children out of wedlock

Since if there was a man in the house, no check, it made economic sense.

27 posted on 01/18/2014 7:48:10 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

A lot of the American people truly like the welfare state, and it is here to stay.


28 posted on 01/18/2014 12:15:28 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Arrowhead1952

LBJ was already thinking of ways to induce permanent Democrat voters to the rolls; I guess he thought his immigration bill wouldn’t be enough to do the trick. Still, he would be grateful Cornball is around to back up Great Society measures.


29 posted on 01/18/2014 8:10:08 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Theodore R.

Yep, the rats couldn’t breed enough rats so they have to import them. Just as the pubbies went along with motor voter, they will slit the neck of a dying republic when the House passes amnesty for illegals. Democracy is death to a republic.


30 posted on 01/19/2014 5:13:30 AM PST by Jacquerie (Article V.)
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