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Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work. Al Capp
Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men. Mahatma Gandhi
To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike. Horace Mann
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. Thomas Jefferson
The character of a people may be ruined by charity. Theodor Herzl
Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people. Grover Cleveland
This is the greatest country in the world for people who want to work, but we have to make sure that this is always true.. Arthur C. Brooks
No child should be born to work at the cost of his childhood and freedom.. Kailash Satyarthi
We will make slavery history very soon. We will make child labor history very soon. Kailash Satyarthi
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Karl Marx
If you throw a welfare state into the middle of a democracy, it’s very hard to get rid of the beast. James Buchanan
City and state governments did little or nothing to orient the new migrants, help them find jobs, master complex bus and trolley systems to get to where the jobs were, and to make landlords repair decayed rooms—all measures requiring money invested at the start but saving billions in later welfare, crime, and compacted bitter racial and ethnic tensions. Benjamin H. Bagdikian
Today we are ending welfare as we know it. Bill Clinton
If we can spend the money to put a man on the moon, we ought to be able to find the funds to put a man on his feet. Hubert Humphrey
If we are going to get a single mother off welfare and make her work, we should certainly make the private corporations contribute to the effort by giving up the over $1 Trillion of corporate welfare. Rahm Emanuel
The economy is the creation of the personal initiative of private citizens….Public authorities also must play an active role in promoting increased productivity with a view to social progress and the welfare of all citizens. John XXIII
The essence of government lies with unceasing concern for the welfare and dignity and decency and innate integrity of life for every individual. Lyndon B. Johnson
Workers of France, it is for the freedom of the prisoners that you will go to work in Germany! It is for our country that you will go in large numbers! It is in order that France may find her place in the new Europe that you will respond to my appeal. Pierre Laval
No one should have to choose between their constitutional rights and providing for their families. Kary L. Moss
Almsgiving tends to perpetuate poverty; and does away with it once and for all. Almsgiving leaves a man just where he was before. Aid restores him to society as an individual worthy of all respect and not as a man with a grievance. Almsgiving is the generosity of the rich; social aid levels up social inequalities. Eva Peron
Old age security is welfare for the aged. Paul Forseth
Willfull Absenteeism Strikes At Liberty Anonymous
The poor who have neither property, friends, nor strength to labor are boarded in the houses of good farmers, to whom a stipulated sum is annually paid. To those who are able to help themselves a little or have friends from whom they derive some succor, inadequate however to their full maintenance, supplementary aids are given which enable them to live comfortably in their own houses or in the houses of their friends. Vagabonds without visible property or vocation, are placed in work houses, where they are well clothed, fed, lodged, and made to labor. Thomas Jefferson
The basis on which you can extract large sums of money in tax and pay it out in benefits is that most people think the recipients are people like themselves, facing difficulties that they themselves could face. If values become more diverse, if lifestyles become more differentiated, then it becomes more difficult to sustain the legitimacy of a universal risk-pooling welfare state. David Willetts
We Demand Unemployment Insurance!!! Anonymous
It’s been a very slow, very expensive business—reforming the welfare state. Andrew Marr
Bread for the Needy, clothing for the naked, and houses for the homeless. Anonymous
The Crys of the poor and Impotent for want of Relief are Extreamly Grevious. Anonymous
[Describing France:] Every place swarms with beggars ... because the Poor depend upon private Charity for Support, instead of being provided for by Parishes as in England or Towns in America. John Adams
Free board, dwelling, support and care in his old age, sickness and infirmity ….an annual sum of maintenance for him or herself, children and relatives. Amana Commune
The good of man must be the goal of the science of politics. Aristotle
No man can live well, or indeed live at all, unless he be provided with necessaries. Aristotle
We're creating an attitude that disaster relief is an entitlement program like Medicare of Social Security .... William C. Bailey
Reduction of dependency is the greatest unmet need in social policy today. Blanche Bernstein
What if denying increased welfare to young mothers who have additional children ... leads to more abortions? Many of the people most eager to discourage welfare mothers from having more children are also the ones most likely to be horrified by higher abortion rates. Douglas J. Besharov
The economic future of white America is going to be dependant on non-white America. William W. Bradley
Government is good at one thing. It knows how to cripple you and then hand you a crutch. Harry Browne
And having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. Edmund Burke
Most women are only a husband away from welfare. Virginia Anne Carabillo
The end to be achieved [by public welfare] is the quality of men and women. Benjamin N. Cardozo
Congress may spend money in aid of the "general welfare. Benjamin N. Cardozo
Anyone who is able to work ought to work. Jimmy Carter
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Chinese Proverb
The people who are unemployed want to do the work, but the system is such a catastrophic failure that it cannot bring together idle hands and work. Noam Chomsky
It's not enough to keep people in a static condition. We've got to give them lift. Henry Cisneros
While the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government, its functions do not include support of the people. Grover Cleveland
[Advocating health care reform:] We've got to remove the incentive for people on welfare to stay on welfare because that's the only way they'll get health care. Hillary Clinton
There are very few people on welfare who like it. Bill Clinton
We do have a moral responsibility to reach out to our neighbors in need. Dan Coats
Self government means self support. Calvin Coolidge
We have a class of welfare in America—lawyers and others who can't imagine how they would make a living without a monthly check from Chrysler, Toshiba or whatever. Michael Crichton
Tammany Hall had taught me to be kind to those in trouble, to look after the sick in the tenements, to see that the widows had food and fuel and that the men had jobs. Richard Croker
Welfare is killing this country. Richard M. Daley
It can never be in the interest of society, in a purely economical aspect, to keep any class of its members in idleness. A man who should carry one of his arms in a sling, in order to secure greater efficiency and importance to the other, would be regarded as a lunatic. Sarah Emily Davies
Our slaves are happy and contented. They bear the kindest relation that labor can sustain to capital. Jefferson Davis
Does it really matter that a few find a way to cheat .... should these isolated incidents justify chipping away at the whole system? The small indiscretions can be tolerated; the sanctioning of nationwide neglect of our own cannot. Patti Davis
Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe myself. Eugene V. Debs
In order to advance the public weal efforts should be made to afford work to every able-bodied citizen on terms that will secure his existence… Any person unable to support himself or his dependants shall, where no other person is responsible for his or their maintenance, be entitled to receive public assistance … Denmark
You shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your needy brother, but ... lend him sufficient for his need. Book of Deuteronomy
… a giant corporate welfare program Bob Dole
It's up to government to make work pay more than welfare. Thomas J. Downey
It's about time we make welfare contingent upon birth control. David Duke
These people may travel and trade in New Amsterdam and live and remain there, provided the poor among them shall not be a burden to the Company or to the community, but be supported by their own nation (other Jews). Dutch West India Company
The only way we could get out of the depression was through government action in placing purchasing power in the hands of people who were in need of it. Marriner Eccles
There is no limit to the amount of money that can be created by the banking system, but there are limits to our productive facilities and our labor supply ... Marriner Eccles
Be it enacted by the authority of this present of this … parliament, that the churchwardens of every parish raise weekly or otherwise, by taxation … competent sums of money for and towards the necessary relief of the lame, impotent, old, blind, and such other among them being poor and not able to work. England
Welfare is hated by those who administer it, mistrusted by those who pay for it and held in contempt by those who receive it. Peter C. Goldmark Jr.
There is an elaborate safety net with the usual holes. Mary Goldring
Doing for people what they can and ought to do for themselves is a dangerous experiment …. The welfare of the workers depends on their own initiative. Samuel Gompers
Despite media stereotypes, the majority of women who go on welfare did not choose to. They have been abandoned by the men to whom they have entrusted their economic well-being. Theresa Funicello
The state inherited a tradition of alienation from government combined with an equally ingrained tradition of passive dependence on government aid. Tom Garvin
Am I my brother's keeper? Book of Genesis
… taking money from the thrifty to keep the improvident Henry P. Fletcher
The people who wrote the constitution ... didn't say life, liberty and welfare or life, liberty and food stamps. Howard Jarvis
Dependence begets subservience and venality. Thomas Jefferson
Child-care expenses are perhaps the most formidable roadblock to employment for welfare mothers. Tom Jochum
There are eight rungs in charity. The highest is when you help a man to help himself. Moses Maimonides; Rambam
I'm a bleeding heart. I see lots of things to bleed about. Karl A. Menninger
A third of all the children born today will be on welfare. Daniel P. Moynihan
Just how many infants we will put to the sword is not yet clear. There is dickering to do. Those involved will take this disgrace to their graves. Daniel P. Moynihan
Welfare became a term of opprobrium—a contentious, often vindictive area of political conflict in which liberals and conservatives clashed and children were lost sight of. Daniel P. Moynihan
People must help one another. It is nature's law. Pierre Choderlos Laclos
A lot of the money spent in the name of relief has nothing to do with relief. Alf Landon
Thanks to welfare's Catch-22, families receiving benefits cannot save for the future. Joseph I. Lieberman
No one capable of maintaining himself by art or labour pretend to be poor and beg his food on pain of imprisonment. City of London
Jobs not welfare. Robert Kennedy
The obligation to earn one's bread presumes the right to do so. A society that denies this right cannot be justified, nor can it attain social peace. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
Occasionally, we receive questions as to the propriety of Church members receiving government assistance instead of Church assistance. Let me restate what is a fundamental principle. Individuals, to the extent possible, should provide for their own needs. Where the individual is unable to care for himself, his family should assist. Where the family is not able to provide, the Church should render assistance, not the government. We accept the basic principle that ‘though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.’ Latter-day Saints should not receive unearned welfare assistance from local or national agencies. This includes food stamps. Priesthood and Relief Society leaders should urge members to accept the Church welfare program and earn through the program that which they need, even though they may receive less food and money. By doing so, members will be spiritually strengthened, and they will maintain their dignity and self-respect. Ezra Taft Benson
The yacht of the millionaire incorporates a million days' labor which might have been given to abolishing the slums … Henry Demarest Lloyd
The act for maintenance of the poor is the true bane and destruction to all the English manufactures in general. For it apparently encourages sloth and beggary; whereas if the legislative power would make some good provision, that workhouses might in every parish be erected, and the poor, such as are able, compelled to work, so many new hands might thereby be brought in, as would indeed make the English manufactures flourish. Charles D'Avenant
He who is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer Brigham Young
Slaves are forced to work, under threat of violence, for no pay beyond subsistence E. Benjamin Skinner
You’re putting in the same number of hours a week but we are just repackaging it more efficiently. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
The farmers of our country live better than did the kings and princes two hundred years ago … Liberty and labor have given us all. Robert G. Ingersoll
Our America is an America where human needs come before human greed. Tom Harkin
Some welfare programs in the past have not been well-designed. They increased dependency. Barack Obama
We are tired of a welfare system which dehumanizes us and dispenses payments under procedures that are often ugly and paternalistic. Martin Luther King Jr.
The essence of slavery is that it takes from the producer all he produces, except just enough to keep the producer in working condition. Arthur Desmond
Thou shalt not let him go away empty. Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy wine-press: of that wherewith the Lord thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. Moses
We must preserve not only the bodies of the unemployed from destitution but also their self-respect, their self-reliance, and courage and determination. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Government has a final responsibility for the well-being of its citizenship. If private cooperative endeavor fails to provide work for willing hands and relief for the unfortunate, those suffering hardship from no fault of their own have a right to call upon the Government for aid; and a government worthy of its name must make fitting response. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Last year in the United States alone over $98 billion was distributed in unearned government transfer payments and other aid to millions of men and women who most often did nothing for what they received. This character-weakening government dole is repeated in almost every nation of the world. We encourage Latter-day Saints everywhere to remain free of government assistance. Work for what you receive. Ezra Taft Benson
We have not abandoned our old belief in liberty, justice, and Self-help, but we say that under certain conditions the people cannot help themselves, and that then they should be helped by the State representing directly the whole people. Arnold J. Toynbee
What the welfare system and other kinds of governmental programs are doing is paying people to fail. In so far as they fail, they receive the money; in so far as they succeed, even to a moderate extent, the money is taken away. Thomas Sowell
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Edgar Y. Harburg
Mothers born on relief have their babies on relief. Elizabeth Hardwick
Usually, so far as improvement in the people's economic conditions is concerned, humanitarians simply play the role of the busybody. Vilfredo Pareto
Your government is still on the same side of the street as the Good Samaritan and not those who pass by on the other side. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We don’t want to turn this [social] safety net into a hammock that ends up lulling people in their lives into dependency and complacency. Paul Ryan
I believe in a safety net. I believe one of the responsibilities of the Federal Government is a safety net. Dean Heller
Even in the United States, 'you have a sort of welfare state, even if you don't want to admit it -- you don't allow people to die on the street. Joschka Fischer
The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. It is inimical to the dictates of sound policy. It is in violation of the traditions of America. Work must be found for able-bodied but destitute workers. The Federal Government must and shall quit this business of relief. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We have the spectacle, still to be seen today, of the western rancher who accepts federal aid for his cattle operations and federal aid for his grazing requirements, but bitterly opposes all social programs that do not concern him, and the philosophy that lies behind them. Charles A. Reich
Emotional appeals about working families trying to get by on $4.25 an hour are hard to resist. Fortunately, such families do not exist. Tom DeLay
This is … a time when there is increasingly no such thing as a high-wage, middle-skilled job — the thing that sustained the middle class in the last generation. Now there is only a high-wage, high-skilled job. Every middle-class job today is being pulled up, out or down faster than ever. That is, it either requires more skill or can be done by more people around the world or is being buried — made obsolete — faster than ever Thomas Friedman
What kind of a society are we going to have if it consists of highly paid people doing high-value-added work -- and masses of unemployed? Andrew Grove
I am entirely in accord with the idea that it is hardly worthwhile to try to give a better way of life to those who will not work and help themselves, but there are many, many people who work hard and for one reason or another have very little return for their labor. Eleanor Roosevelt
People have less health care and less retirement benefits than they had 10 years ago. Richard Trumka
Capitalism’s intrinsic dynamism, however, produces insecurity along with benefits and so its advance has always met resistance…. It was only the creation of the modern welfare state in the middle of the 20th century that finally enabled capitalism and democracy to coexist in relative harmony. Jerry Z. Muller
One of our most unfortunate believes is that a person who lives on welfare is not only unfortunate, but somehow defective. John Kenneth Galbraith
Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night Marian Wright Edelman
Dependence on Charity is not to be made an agreeable mode of life. Charles Trevelyan
There is much in American society which I admire, but I have long held the view that the absence of an effective safety net in that country means that too many needy citizens fall by the wayside. John Howard
The bourgeoisie incites the workers of one nation against those of another in the endeavor to keep them disunited. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
… it is hardly worthwhile to try to give a better way of life to those who will not work and help themselves, but there are many, many people who work hard and for one reason or another have very little return for their labor. Eleanor Roosevelt
Because of the British Welfare State …, I was never hungry…. The schools I attended were free and actually acted as ladders of mobility for those randomly given the skills in the genetic lottery of life to climb them. Mark Blyth
No jewelry, particularly no rings, should be worn. Low heeled shoes will allow you to fill your daily stint with less fatigue. Wear goggles and a cap which completely covers your hair, and which has a visor broad enough to warn you when your head is getting too near any part of the machine. Slack suits, jumpers, and dresses should all be loose and comfortable, with no loose tabs, belts, or large buttons to catch in the machinery. Sleeves should either be short, or, if you prefer them long, tight-fitting. These suggestions stress the fact that a woman can still look extremely attractive in her working clothes, but that the object in going to work is to produce as much as possible. When you wear clothes about which you do not have to think, you will give more thought to the work you are doing. Eleanor Roosevelt
Needy children are eligible for assistance if their fathers are deceased, disabled, or family deserters. In logic and humanity, a child should also be eligible for assistance if his father is a needy unemployed worker—for example, a person who has exhausted unemployment benefits and is not receiving adequate local assistance. John F. Kennedy
Public welfare … must be directed increasingly toward prevention and rehabilitation—on reducing not only the long range costs in budgetary terms but the long range costs in human terms as well. John F. Kennedy
Merely responding with a “relief check” to complicated social and personal problems … is not likely to provide a lasting solution. Such a check must be supplemented with … by positive services and solutions offering the total resources of the community to meet the total needs of family to help our less fortunate citizens help themselves. John F. Kennedy
In the past, the public assistance programs have been too much concerned with the mere dispatching of monthly checks. … it is high time that some concerted effort be made to get people off the rolls who can sustain themselves. Wilbur Mills
We want the States to have a work and training program. We want the States to see to it that those who are drawing an unemployment check … unless there is a good cause for them not to, to be required to take … training and then work … Wilbur Mills
The nation’s welfare system is a monstrous consuming outrage…. There should be no government program which would make it more profitable for a person to go on welfare than it would be to work. Richard Nixon
If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. Book of Matthew
They are playing politics at the expense of human misery. Herbert Hoover
… if he is in Want, you must relieve him if you can, or else direct him how he may be relieved; you must employ him some days, or else recommend him to be employ’d. But you are not charged to do beyond your ability, only to prefer a poor Brother, that is a good Man and true before any other poor People in the same Circumstance. Freemasonry
Concerned in all things for the welfare of all its members, Society undertakes to provide work to the industrious and support for the needy. The ‘willing idle’ shall have no claim on it. Holland
There is no doubt that many expensive national projects may add to our prestige or serve science. But none of them must take precedence over human needs. Nelson A. Rockefeller
No inmate of a workhouse is to be compelled to attend any religious service contrary to his principles ; nor is any child to be brought up in a creed other than that of its parents. William IV
If we educate our kids well, they will be more competitive. Barack Obama
There is going to be 1.4 million tech and IT jobs coming in the next decade and only 400,000 trained people to fill them… why are not more people not training for it? I think it has to do with culture and feeling that it is daunting … Megan Smith
There is a trend worth worrying about, which is the disappearance of manufacturing jobs from the workforce. Shortly after World War II, about one-quarter of employed Americans held manufacturing jobs. Now less than one-tenth do. From the perspective of individual businesses, this change is natural and desirable—rising productivity by definition means fewer people making more things. But it is troublesome for society as a whole, since factory jobs have historically buoyed the middle class and given rise to future industries and jobs, virtuous-cycle style. James Fallows
There are in the colony more than a dozen healthy persons who will receive no more provisions out of the public store until they earn them. Jehudi Ashmun
They are having babies and the babies are becoming citizens and we have to take care of them. Donald Trump
The seven basic, essential goods and services, Food, Clothing, Shelter, Transportation, Protection, Tools, and (special) Education. Prestonia Mann Martin
All of the nation's young people of both sexes, between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, as a continuation of their public school education, shall be industrially organized to produce, under scientific direction, a sufficiency of the necessary goods and services to constitute a decent livelihood and to distribute these goods and services without buying or selling them, to the entire population. Continuation of their public school education, shall be industrially organized to produce, under scientific direction, a sufficiency of the necessities. Prestonia Mann Martin
What Would You Do If Your Income Were Taken Care Of? Anonymous
How will we deal with a world where leisure is abundent and therte aren't enough good-paying jobs to go around? To meet this political and economic meta-challange, the hot new idea is the unioversal basic income -- using some of the wealth generated by all this new technology to guarantee everyone a baseline income, whether they are working or not. Stephen Pearlstein
Guaranteed income schemes can take various forms, but in the simplist the government sends every citizen an annual check in an amount sufficient to keep the worlf from the door when misfortune strikes, but not large enough to satisfy anyone's idea of a good life. Stephen Pearlstein
As free-market champion Friedrich Hayek saw it, guarenteeing everyone a subsistance income was the moral precondition for opposing broader socialist schemes to equalize income. For Milton Fried, it was an opportunity to eleminate expensive layers of government bureaucracy. Stephen Pearlstein
People on welfare are fornicating deadbeats Robert Byrd