State of South Carolina Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Mike Bloomberg: Put more bank branches in minority neighborhoods

The other thing I'm working on is to try to get banks to put branches in minority neighborhoods. Because if you don't have a branch bank you can't really have a checking account. If you don't have a checking account you can't get a mortgage. If you don't have a mortgage you can't own a house. And most Americans wealth is tied up in their houses. It starts with little things like not having branch banking in all of these neighborhoods.
Source: CNN S.C. Town Hall on eve of 2020 primary Feb 26, 2020

Amy Klobuchar: One size doesn't fit all, for rural poverty

Q: How would you ensure health care is available in rural areas?

KLOBUCHAR: People aren't always aware about how much poverty there is, particularly child poverty in rural areas. So the answer is one size doesn't fit all. And one of the ways you do this, right now we have something called critical access hospitals so they're designated for rural areas. And actually, I am the lead Democrat on a bill to extend that, to have other types of hospitals, like emergency rooms in rural areas be covered.

Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary Feb 25, 2020

Elizabeth Warren: My housing plan deals with the after-effects of red-lining

It is not enough to talk about housing neutrally and just be race-blind. It is important to recognize the role that the federal government played for decades and decades in discriminating against African-Americans having an opportunity to buy homes.

[During] the housing crash of 2008, I was out there fighting for a consumer agency to make sure people never get cheated again on their mortgages. I have a housing plan, and what it has in it specifically is a piece to deal with the effects of red-lining. We can no longer pretend that everything is race-neutral. We have got to address race consciously, what's happening in this country.

Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary Feb 25, 2020

Joe Biden: I fought red-lining and now I fight race-based home pricing

Q :How do you convince black voters that you can change years of inequities?

Sen. Elizabeth WARREN: It is not enough to talk about housing neutrally and just be race-blind. It is important to recognize the role that the federal government played for decades in discriminating against African-Americans having an opportunity to buy homes. I have a housing plan, and what it has in it specifically is a piece to deal with the effects of red-lining.

BIDEN: My first effort I had as a councilman was doing away with red-lining in the county. [In my current plan], I provide for the opportunity for first-time home buyers to be able to have a $15,000 tax credit so they can get the mortgage at the front end and be able to keep it. Look, right now if you live in a black neighborhood and you have the same exact house as the guy across the street in a white neighborhood has, your house is valued significantly less than the white, the same exact house. We've got to deal with the institutional racism.

Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary Feb 25, 2020

Mike Bloomberg: I fought against red-lining in communities

Sen. Elizabeth WARREN: While Mayor Bloomberg was blaming the housing crash of 2008 on African-Americans and on Latinos, in fact, I was out there fighting for a consumer agency to make sure people never get cheated again on their mortgages.

Q: In addition, Senator Warren on Twitter called you a liar and a borderline racist because of what you said about red-lining.

BLOOMBERG: Unfortunately, she's misinformed on red-lining. You can go back and look at the record. I fought against it before the crisis in '08, during '08, and after that. Red-lining is not the problem with the mortgage market, but it was a problem for the communities where it was done, and we stopped that.

Q: Did it work in NYC?

BLOOMBERG: When you're talking about affordable housing, we created 175,000 units of affordable housing in New York City. You have to learn how to work with both sides of the aisle and then you can get stuff done.

Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary Feb 25, 2020

Jaime Harrison: Strong social safety net, increase earned income tax credit

Jaime knows there is no quick fix to poverty, and he knows what it's like to be caught in the middle of political games. He'll champion policies aimed at making the American Dream a reality, including better jobs, better schools, clean air and water, child care, and a strong social safety net for those who need a hand up. Jaime also supports increasing the earned income tax credit.
Source: 2020 S.C. Senate campaign website, JaimeHarrison.com Dec 12, 2019

Thomas Ravenel: No welfare benefits for illegal immigrants

I adamantly oppose welfare benefits for illegal immigrants for two reasons: It's bad for the American taxpayers and bad for the recipients. The welfare state is not only bankrupting this country, it also leads to widespread dependency and deprives workers of the opportunity to feel proud of themselves as a result of their labor and ingenuity. Also, worker visa recipients should not have the right to vote as they are not American citizens.
Source: 2014 S.C. Senate campaign website, RavenelForSenate.com Sep 1, 2014

Mark Sanford: Redirect welfare funding to faith-based organizations

Source: 2002 S.C. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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2020 Presidential contenders on Welfare & Poverty:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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