Quotes and Sayings about Welfare



"We were on welfare when we were kids. Thanks for reminding me of that."
- Louie Anderson
(Related: Kids, Welfare)

"By encouraging its citizens to violate our border, Mexico is pushing a tremendous welfare burden off of its shoulders and onto ours, while also benefiting from the significant sums of U.S. currency that these workers will eventually send back home to their families."
- Spencer Bachus
(Related: Home, Encouraging, Burden, Welfare, Will, Workers)

"The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs."
- Jerry Brown
(Related: Jobs, Welfare)

"Jobs for every American is doomed to failure because of modern automation and production. We ought to recognize it and create an income-maintenance system so every single American has the dignity and the wherewithal for shelter, basic food, and medical care. I'm talking about welfare for all. Without it, you're going to have warfare for all."
- Jerry Brown
(Related: Medical, Food, Failure, American, Care, Dignity, Income, Jobs, Production, Talking, Welfare)

"For women who turn to welfare, Big Brother becomes Husband."
- Tammy Bruce
(Related: Women, Brother, Husband, Welfare)

"Given the difficulty of resisting such temptations over the longer run, a proper concern for the welfare of congressional souls may well be the ultimate argument in favor of term limitations."
- James L. Buckley
(Related: Argument, Concern, Difficulty, Limitations, May, Temptations, Welfare)

"It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Error, Popular, Public, Welfare)

"Originally, I came from Texas, and we lived on - I guess you'd call it welfare, what we called relief."
- Carol Burnett
(Related: Welfare)

"What we're putting forward is the most radical reform of the welfare state... for 60 years. I think it will have a transformative effect in making sure that everyone is better off in work and better off working rather than on benefits."
- David Cameron
(Related: Work, Benefits, Effect, Radical, Reform, State, Welfare, Will, Years)

"We spend billions of pounds on welfare, yet millions are trapped on welfare. It's not worth their while going into work."
- David Cameron
(Related: Work, Welfare, Worth)

"But we will say something else. That for far too long in this country, people who can work, people who are able to work, and people who choose not to work: you cannot go on claiming welfare like you are now."
- David Cameron
(Related: Work, People, Country, Now, Welfare, Will)

"On the one hand we have got to ask, are there some areas of universal benefits that are no longer affordable? But on the other hand let us look at the issue of dependency where we have trapped people in poverty through the extent of welfare that they have."
- David Cameron
(Related: People, Benefits, Poverty, Welfare)

"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants."
- Albert Camus
(Related: People, Welfare)

"Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work."
- Al Capp
(Related: Work, Office, Welfare)

"Quality child care, health insurance coverage, and training make it possible for former welfare recipients to get, and keep, jobs."
- Mel Carnahan
(Related: Health, Quality, Care, Jobs, Training, Welfare)

"For our welfare reform efforts to be successful, we must empower local charitable organizations with the resources to address their local community needs."
- Mel Carnahan
(Related: Successful, Community, Needs, Reform, Welfare)

"To establish justice and to promote the general welfare, America does not need the abortion license."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, America, Justice, Welfare)

"There was no welfare state, and people had to rely mainly on the Poor Law - that was all the state provided. It was very degrading, very humiliating. And there was a means test for receiving poor relief."
- Barbara Castle
(Related: People, Law, Poor, State, Welfare)

"The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people."
- Noam Chomsky
(Related: People, Fear, Control, Crime, Drugs, Mothers, Welfare)

"It is statesmanlike for the administration and Congress to look to our nation's welfare beyond their terms in office."
- Nick Clooney
(Related: Congress, Nation, Office, Welfare)

"Welfare reform happened with reconciliation; half the Democrats voted for it. The Bush tax cuts happened with reconciliation; twelve Democratic Senators voted for it. You didn't have a real partisan issue on those times that it was used."
- Tom Coburn
(Related: Democrats, Tax, Reform, Senators, Tax cuts, Welfare)

"A liberty subject to law and subordinate to the common welfare."
- Bainbridge Colby
(Related: Law, Liberty, Welfare)

"Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationality, or religion."
- John Comenius
(Related: Religion, Consideration, End, Humanity, Language, Nationality, Selfishness, Welfare)

"Welfare reform happened with reconciliation; half the Democrats voted for it. The Bush tax cuts happened with reconciliation; twelve Democratic Senators voted for it. You didn't have a real partisan issue on those times that it was used."
- Kent Conrad
(Related: Democrats, Tax, Reform, Senators, Tax cuts, Welfare)

"The great mistake these people make is that they go to looking after the spiritual welfare of the Indians before securing their physical."
- George Crook
(Related: Mistake, People, Spiritual, Welfare)

"This desire for equity must not lead to an excess of welfare, where nobody is responsible for anything."
- Jacques Delors
(Related: Desire, Excess, Welfare)

"The problem of how we finance the welfare state should not obscure a separate issue: if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare, no matter what happens to the world, that's not equity, it's just creating a society where you can't ask anything of people."
- Jacques Delors
(Related: Finance, Society, People, Right, State, Welfare, World)

"So it's a mistake for someone to think that they bailed New York out. They did assist us, for which we are grateful, but it's a mistake to say we bailed New York out by giving them a grant of money to help those poor people who throw it away on welfare."
- David Dinkins
(Related: Money, Mistake, People, Giving, Help, Poor, Welfare)

"Power has only one duty - to secure the social welfare of the People."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Power, People, Duty, Welfare)

"A good job is more than just a paycheck. A good job fosters independence and discipline, and contributes to the health of the community. A good job is a means to provide for the health and welfare of your family, to own a home, and save for retirement."
- James H. Douglas
(Related: Health, Family, Home, Discipline, Community, Independence, Job, Retirement, Welfare)

"Child welfare ought really to cover all sorts of topics, such as better water and sanitation and good roads, and clean streets and public parks and playgrounds."
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas
(Related: Public, Water, Welfare)

"To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for."
- Henry Van Dyke
(Related: Happiness, Virtue, Choice, Desire, Mankind, Service, Welfare, World)

"It is necessary to take an active part in politics to observe how often the welfare of the party organization is put before the issues, even before the welfare of the commonwealth."
- Charles Edison
(Related: Politics, Party, Welfare)

"Welfare distorts behavior, makes one less personally responsible and reduces the role of private charity. This principle applies to corporate welfare."
- Larry Elder
(Related: Behavior, Charity, Corporate, Welfare)

"I'd go to, like, six different schools in one year. We were on welfare, and my mom never ever worked."
- Eminem
(Related: Mom, Schools, Welfare)

"Speaking as a black person, welfare is the worst thing that's ever happened to us."
- Charles Evers
(Related: Welfare)

"Welfare makes you dependent upon someone to take care of you."
- Charles Evers
(Related: Care, Welfare)

"I don't believe in welfare."
- Charles Evers
(Related: Welfare)

"I believe welfare makes you lazy and unproductive."
- Charles Evers
(Related: Welfare)

"There's more than a few remnants left in German welfare policy today. Many Germans eagerly condemn Hitler's fascism but won't examine the other reasons why the Third Reich succeeded for a season."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Policy, Fascism, Today, Welfare)

"Our teachers are responsible for our children's welfare for the six or eight hours they are at school and we need to know without question that their safety will be paramount on the minds of teachers, faculty and volunteers."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: Children, Question, Safety, School, Teachers, Welfare, Will)

"Sooner or later we've got to tie the saving of the natural world to our own public welfare."
- Jim Fowler
(Related: Public, Welfare, World)

"The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we'll start thinking of doing something about it."
- Jim Fowler
(Related: Life, Quality, Open, Space, Thinking, Welfare, Wildlife)

"How we treat the earth basically effects our social welfare and our national security."
- Jim Fowler
(Related: Earth, National security, Welfare)

"For many of those who had historically supported welfare programs in the broadest sense, it was perfectly reasonable to enact legislation in which poor people were the objects of efforts to assist them."
- Barney Frank
(Related: People, Legislation, Poor, Sense, Welfare)

"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Man, Welfare)

"The welfare culture tells the man he is not a necessary part of the family; he feels dispensable, his wife knows he is dispensable, his children sense it."
- George Gilder
(Related: Family, Wife, Children, Culture, Man, Sense, Welfare)

"We're at the crossroads. Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future. Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: American, Future, Politicians, Road, Welfare)

"The most important social welfare program in America is a job."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: America, Job, Welfare)

"Animal welfare issues have always been important to me."
- Cathy Guisewite
(Related: Welfare)

"The majority of Aboriginals do not want handouts because they realise that welfare is killing them."
- Pauline Hanson
(Related: Killing, Majority, Want, Welfare)

"The Constitution is not a panacea for every blot upon the public welfare. Nor should this Court, ordained as a judicial body, be thought of as a general haven for reform movements."
- John Marshall Harlan
(Related: Thought, Body, Constitution, Court, Public, Reform, Welfare)

"We were sent to this country by the President, who desires to promote the welfare of Japan, and are quite different from the ambassadors of other countries."
- Townsend Harris
(Related: Countries, Country, President, Welfare)

"We want to make sure that Social Security is fixed for those people who have had that promise and there's something in the future for our younger workers. And we're not about to do a welfare program."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: People, Future, Promise, Security, Want, Welfare, Workers)

"I am disposed to be thus particular from the interest you take in our welfare and from the entire confidence I have in your knowing, that you will be sympathetic with us in our misfortunes."
- John Hawley
(Related: Confidence, Interest, Welfare, Will)

"The world before 1914 was already a world in which the welfare of each individual nation was inextricably bound up with the prosperity of the whole community of nations."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: Community, Nation, Nations, Prosperity, Welfare, World)

"The vast upheaval of the World War set in motion forces that will either destroy civilization or raise mankind to undreamed of heights of human welfare and prosperity."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: War, Civilization, Mankind, Prosperity, Welfare, Will, World, World war)

"And some of what we're doing in Government even now, some of the welfare reform programs that are helping lone mothers come into work are based on things that were very new under the Labour Government in the eighties."
- Patricia Hewitt
(Related: Government, Work, Mothers, Now, Reform, Welfare)

"But for the national welfare, it is urgent to realize that the minorities do think, and think about something other than the race problem."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: Race, Welfare)

"The people of one county can not be indifferent to the welfare of the people in another county."
- Thomas Jordan Jarvis
(Related: People, Welfare)

"Legislation can neither be wise nor just which seeks the welfare of a single interest at the expense and to the injury of many and varied interests."
- Andrew Johnson
(Related: Injury, Interest, Legislation, Welfare)

"Only those who are ideologically opposed to military programs think of the defense budget as the first and best place to get resources for social welfare needs."
- Herman Kahn
(Related: Defense, First, Military, Needs, Welfare)

"When we give a subsidy, the benefits to the public ought to exceed the benefits to the company. When it doesn't, that's our definition of corporate welfare."
- John Kasich
(Related: Benefits, Company, Corporate, Public, Welfare)

"Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained."
- Helen Keller
(Related: People, Justice, Responsibility, Sense, Welfare)

"I have deep feelings for the welfare and comfort of others."
- DeForest Kelley
(Related: Feelings, Comfort, Deep, Welfare)

"Far more has been accomplished for the welfare and progress of mankind by preventing bad actions than by doing good ones."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Progress, Actions, Mankind, Welfare)

"If I am outspoken of the dangers of intemperance to members of our armed forces, it is because we are all especially concerned for the welfare of those who are risking their lives in the cause of freedom."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Cause, Freedom, Intemperance, Welfare)

"Ages of experience have taught humanity that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Experience, Love, Society, Wife, HusbChildren, Commitment, Humanity, Stability, Welfare)

"The powers of Congress are totally inadequate to preserve the balance between the respective States, and oblige them to do those things which are essential for their own welfare or for the general good."
- Henry Knox
(Related: Balance, Congress, states, Welfare)

"South Vietnam had to be built from scratch and, from the very beginning, depended far too much on the Western superpowers. As in the case of a person on public welfare, this dependency, which became greater with each day, was quite difficult to shake."
- Nguyen Cao Ky
(Related: Beginning, Day, Public, Vietnam, Welfare)

"May this plain statement of facts prevail on the friends of the rising generation to interpose for their welfare; that the education of children may no longer be to parent and master a lottery, in which the prizes bear no proportion to the enormous number of blanks."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Education, Children, Facts, Friends, May, Prizes, Welfare)

"Look around, and you see everywhere the exertions and acts of individuals restricted, regulated, or promoted, on the principle of the common welfare."
- Friedrich List
(Related: Welfare)

"But the general welfare must restrict and regulate the exertions of the individuals, as the individuals must derive a supply of their strength from social power."
- Friedrich List
(Related: Power, Strength, Welfare)

"An individual, in promoting his own interest, may injure the public interest; a nation, in promoting the general welfare, may check the interest of a part of its members."
- Friedrich List
(Related: Interest, May, Nation, Public, Welfare)

"Our ideal is to make her ever stronger and better and finer, because in that way alone, as we believe, can she be of the greatest service to the world's peace and to the welfare of mankind."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: Peace, Mankind, Service, Welfare, World)

"The effect of violent dislike between groups has always created an indifference to the welfare and honor of the state."
- Thomas B. Macaulay
(Related: Effect, Honor, Indifference, State, Welfare)

"It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific knowledge of human nature."
- Harriet Martineau
(Related: Nature, Knowledge, Human nature, Opinion, Welfare)

"Not to discontinue our allegiance, in this case, would be to join with the sovereign in promoting the slavery and misery of that society, the welfare of which, we ourselves, as well as our sovereign, are indispensably obliged to secure and promote, as far as in us lies."
- Jonathan Mayhew
(Related: Society, Lies, Misery, Slavery, Welfare)

"All civil rulers, as such, are the ordinance and ministers of God; and they are all, by the nature of their office, and in their respective spheres and stations, bound to consult the public welfare."
- Jonathan Mayhew
(Related: Nature, God, Office, Public, Welfare)

"The best performers in Europe are those who use their welfare states to help people adjust to change."
- John Monks
(Related: Change, People, Europe, Help, states, Welfare)

"The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy."
- Charles de Montesquieu
(Related: Apathy, Democracy, Public, Tyranny, Welfare)

"Too many people feel that where you start out dictates where you should end up. I was on welfare and just shy of 19 when my first daughter was born, but I was encouraged to take advantage of my ability and drive and remained in school."
- Gwen Moore
(Related: Daughter, People, Ability, End, First, School, Welfare)

"The welfare system in the United States is vile."
- Daniel Keys Moran
(Related: states, United, Welfare)

"The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States."
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan
(Related: Family, Measure, Past, states, United, Welfare)

"Every time you cut programs, you take away a person who has a vested interest in high taxes and you put him on the tax rolls and make him a taxpayer. A farmer on subsidies is part welfare bum, whereas a free-market farmer is a small businessman with a gun."
- Grover Norquist
(Related: Time, Tax, Interest, Taxes, Welfare)

"If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Government, Trust, People, Job, Welfare)

"The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence."
- Robert Peel
(Related: Time, Attention, Being, Community, Existence, Police, Public, Welfare)

"I support anything to do with the welfare and rights of children in a huge way."
- Kelly Preston
(Related: Children, Rights, Support, Welfare)

"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Purpose, Existence, Welfare)

"We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Success, People, Measure, Welfare)

"People from both political parties have long recognized that welfare without work creates negative incentives that lead to permanent poverty. It robs people of self-esteem."
- Mitt Romney
(Related: Work, People, Negative, Poverty, Self, Welfare)

"Its success lies in the fact that it's an insurance plan, not an investment plan or a welfare plan."
- James Roosevelt
(Related: Success, Fact, Investment, Lies, Welfare)

"What Clinton severed with his welfare reform was the obligation of the federal government to step in when the states failed and to monitor these programs."
- Robert Scheer
(Related: Government, Obligation, Reform, states, Welfare)

"The issue I highlight in the book is welfare reform."
- Robert Scheer
(Related: Reform, Welfare)

"There's no conflict between the social-welfare state and open markets."
- Gerhard Schroder
(Related: Conflict, Open, State)

"And for man to look upon himself as a capital good, even if it did not impair his freedom, may seem to debase him... by investing in themselves, people can enlarge the range of choice available to them. It is one way free men can enhance their welfare."
- Theodore William Schultz
(Related: Men, People, Choice, Freedom, Man, May, Welfare)

"I left Delhi, in 1971, shortly after Collective Choice and Social Welfare was published in 1970."
- Amartya Sen
(Related: Choice, Welfare)

"The United States are a political state, or organized society, whose end is government, for the security, welfare, and happiness of all who live under its protection."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Happiness, Government, Society, End, Protection, Security, State, states, United, Welfare)

"This administration and these folk who run Washington are no more interested in our welfare and our well being than the man on the moon. And we have got to start taking our destiny into our hands."
- Tavis Smiley
(Related: Being, Destiny, Folk, Man, Moon, Washington, Welfare)

"Religion did not exist for the saving of souls but for the preservation and welfare of society, and in all that was necessary to this end every man had to take his part, or break with the domestic and political community to which he belonged."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Religion, Society, Community, End, Man, Welfare)

"The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: State, Welfare)

"If women have young children, they are one man away from welfare."
- Gloria Steinem
(Related: Women, Children, Man, Welfare)

"Most women are one man away from welfare."
- Gloria Steinem
(Related: Women, Man, Welfare)

"Civil liberty is the status of the man who is guaranteed by law and civil institutions the exclusive employment of all his own powers for his own welfare."
- William Graham Sumner
(Related: Law, Liberty, Man, Welfare)

"As the Republican platforms says, the welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country."
- William Howard Taft
(Related: Country, Republican, Welfare)

"The old welfare system was hurting people by discouraging work and marriage. Welfare reform, and now this legislation, will build on the understanding that work and strong families are the foundation upon which we build our future."
- James Talent
(Related: Work, Marriage, People, Future, Legislation, Now, Old, Reform, Understanding, Welfare, Will)

"The function of intellect is to provide a means of modifying our reactions to the circumstances of life, so that we may secure pleasure, the symptom of welfare."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Life, Circumstances, Intellect, May, Pleasure, Welfare)

"Ten years ago, Republicans decided it was time to reform our broken welfare system and give welfare recipients the tools they needed to escape the system and build a better life."
- Todd Tiahrt
(Related: Life, Time, Reform, Republicans, Tools, Welfare, Years)

"The well-being and welfare of children should always be our focus."
- Todd Tiahrt
(Related: Children, Focus, Welfare)

"The government doesn't really prosecute for polygamy anymore, but a lot of the arrests are of groups supporting themselves through welfare scams or for child abuse. So that was all I'd really heard about polygamists."
- Jeanne Tripplehorn
(Related: Government, Abuse, Welfare)

"Larger deficits are necessary and proper means to mitigate unemployment as the far greater evil in terms of human welfare."
- William Vickrey
(Related: Evil, Unemployment, Welfare)

"If this liberal potential is properly channeled, we may expect the area of freedom of the United States to increase. The problem is to spend up our rate of social invention in the service of the welfare of all the people."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: People, Freedom, Invention, Liberal, May, Potential, Service, states, United, Welfare)

"This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: Failure, Vision, Churches, Democracy, Importance, Measure, Schools, Spiritual, Welfare)

"A billion dollars every week for Iraq, $87 billion for Iraq. We can't get $5 billion for childcare over five years in welfare reform."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Iraq, Reform, Welfare, Years)

"If someday they say of me that in my work I have contributed something to the welfare and happiness of my fellow man, I shall be satisfied."
- George Westinghouse
(Related: Happiness, Work, Man, Welfare)

"Because what happens is, as the economy suffers, tax revenues go down. But unlike businesses, where at least your variable costs go down, in government your variable costs go up: unemployment insurance, workmen's compensation, health care benefits, welfare, you name it."
- Meg Whitman
(Related: Government, Health, Benefits, Care, Economy, Tax, Name, Unemployment, Welfare)

"For years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The difference did not exist. Our company is too big. It goes with the welfare of the country."
- Charles Erwin Wilson
(Related: Thought, Company, Country, Difference, Vice, Welfare, Years)

"Crime, family dissolution, welfare, and low levels of social organization are fundamentally a consequence of the disappearance of work."
- William J. Wilson
(Related: Family, Work, Crime, Welfare)

"We bought an apartment building and were going to live off the rent money. We rented to people who were on welfare and a lot of times they couldn't pay the rent. We wouldn't throw them out so we lost the building."
- Dick York
(Related: Money, People, Building, Welfare)

"I want to increase our spending on research and development by 25%. That's something the U.S. does very well. That dynamism alongside a welfare state in the European community - that's the synthesis I want to achieve."
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
(Related: Development, Community, Research, State, Want, Welfare)

"I was discriminated against because I was Jewish, Italian, black and Puerto Rican. But maybe the worst prejudice I experienced was against the poor. I grew up on welfare and often had to move in the middle of the night because we couldn't pay the rent."
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: Night, Poor, Prejudice, Welfare)