Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) announced yesterday that he originally ran for Congress because single women were having children "out of wedlock" and committing welfare fraud.
“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,” Rep. Gohmert stated on the House floor last night, noted RawStory.com (video below).
“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,” said Rep. Gohmert.
He made no mention of corporate welfare or financial fraud committed by businesses, but kept slamming single women and the War on Poverty started by President Lyndon Johnson.
“One women had had 15 kids, didn’t even know where they all were, that was the most that I ever dealt with,” claimed Rep. Gohmert. “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.’”
“The War on Poverty has been a disaster,” Rep. Gohmert announced. “Why do the children have to suffer for the ignorance and stupidity of the government and those who meant well but just did stupid things? It’s tragic.”
However, according to the Center for American Progress, the War on Poverty has provided education for over 30 million children via the Head Start program, Pell Grants currently help 9 million Americans go to college and Medicaid covers 62 million people's medical needs today.
ThinkProgress.org reports that food stamps have kept 5 million people out of poverty, per numbers from the Census.