Thursday, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) revealed the reason he became a congressman: He was upset that single mothers were having up to “15 babies” in order to received as much welfare as possible and he wanted to put an end to it, rehashing former president Ronald Reagan’s ‘Welfare Queen’ talking point.
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. 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.
He also said that the government’s decision to assist poor single mothers began to really bug him since the 60’s.
One woman 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 60’s 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.”
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