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Rep.-elect Grothman: Welfare a 'Bribe,' Keeps Poor Jobless, Single

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Dec 2014 08:00 PM

A Wisconsin Republican elected to the House in November promising to champion welfare reform says poverty programs are "in essence a bribe' to persuade poor single parents to stay jobless and unmarried, the Capital Times of Madison, Wisc., reports.

Rep.-elect Glenn Grothman, a tea party favorite who succeeds a retiring Democrat in January, made the comparison in a televised interview, telling the host of a Sunday news program in Wisconsin that, at the very least, welfare provides "a strong incentive not to raise children in wedlock."

Grothman said a typical single parent with two children can collect "$35,000 a year in total benefits" from Medicaid, the Earned Income Tax Credit, food aid, housing vouchers and other forms of assistance.

"That's after taxes," he said.

Grothman characterized that much money as "in essence a bribe not to work that hard or not to marry someone with a full-time job."

Challenged by his interviewer on the use of the word "bribe," Grothman said, "Well, if you tell somebody you're going to get $35,000 if you don't get married and you're not going to get anything if you marry somebody making 50 grand a year, it's certainly a strong incentive not to raise children in wedlock."

Grothman, who as a state legislator witnessed first-hand the epic 2011 battle between labor unions and Gov. Scott Walker, won a tight Republican primary this year and easily beat his Democratic challenger in the general election.

Grothman said on the campaign trail that he would introduce a bill in Congress that would require food stamps to be used only for nutritional items, and would try to eliminate most tax credits for construction of low-income housing, the Capital Times reports.

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A Wisconsin Republican elected to the U.S. House in November promising to champion welfare reform says that poverty programs are in essence a bribe' to persuade poor single parents to stay jobless and unmarried, the Capital Times of Madison, Wisc., reports.
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