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Romney says child care not work

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by billwald, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. billwald

    billwald New Member

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    (critical paragraphs quoted for you know who)

    Romney: Welfare parents 'need to go to work'
    Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:18 AM EDT
    by Sal Gentile

    . . . “I wanted to increase the work requirement,” Romney said. “I said, for instance, that even if you have a child two years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that's heartless,' and I said ‘No, no, I'm willing to spend more giving daycare to allow those parents to go back to work. It'll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.’”

    That position has been conservative orthodoxy for years. Republicans have railed against the “culture of dependency” created by welfare programs, campaigning aggressively for policies that would force welfare recipients off the roles and “back into the workforce.”

    As Romney himself put it in a speech to the Burlington Business Council during his campaign for Senate in 1994, the purpose of welfare “is to get people back into the workforce, that work is ennobling, and that we will do everything in our power to make sure that people who are on welfare have an opportunity and an obligation to go to work, not after two years but from day one if we could.”