Congressman Gohmert: I got into politics to stop paying poor women to have kids

Liberal heads probably exploded all over the Beltway on Wednesday when Texas conservative Congressman Louie Gohmert took to the House floor to do something libs truly hate:

Tell the truth about welfare checks and unwed mothers – and say he got into politics to do something about it.

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President Lyndon Johnson’s so-called War on Poverty led directly to an explosion of illegitimate births in the United States, Gohmert said, which led directly to Gohmert going into national politics.

“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,” Gohmert said.

“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.

One women had 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 ‘60s 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.’

And guess what happened? More people had children out of wedlock.

In 1963, one year before Johnson’s absurd declaration of “war” against a universal part of the human condition, the white illegitimacy rate in the United States was 3.07 percent, according to the Department of Labor. The black illegitimacy rate was 23.6 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Fifty years into the war, the illegitimacy rate – THE SINGLE MOST CONSISTENT PREDICTOR OF POVERTY – is 25 percent for whites, 42 percent for Hispanics and a truly staggering 72 percent for blacks.

Refreshingly, at least, this isn’t a question about race, it’s a question about reality.  Democrats declared “war” on poverty in 1964, then spent the next 50 years deliberately and proudly subsidizing the one factor — single motherhood — that ensured children will be born into poverty, and in turn have even more children born poor.

So it was the insane, cyclical failure of Texan Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” that got Texan Louie Gohmert into politics.

The liberal website Raw Story published a story about Gohmert on Thursday under what its editors probably thought was a mocking headline: “Louie Gohmert: I became a congressman to stop single moms from getting welfare checks.”

To libs, accusing Gohmert of going into politics to stop welfare checks to single mothers is an insult.

With Gohmert, it’s just the truth. And something to be actually be proud of.


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