Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) revealed on Thursday that he had become a congressman because he was outraged that single women were having as many as 15 babies and getting welfare checks.- See more at: http://crooksandliars.com/...
"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 during a Wednesday night speech on the House floor. "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."
The Texas Republican said that women discovered that "the government will send you a check for every baby you have out of wedlock."
Let's face it. I could spend days on all the lunacy that comes from Representative Gohmert. From his attack on gay marriage as being 'the end of civilization'
But let's be honest about what Gohmert is saying here.. he is telling you that there is a HUGE population boom amongst single mothers.
What he seeks, then is a nationwide institution of the 'family cap', a measure that exists in 17 states right now, down from a high of 20 states, that aims at cutting off additional support to children born out of wedlock and currently on welfare.
The question is, has any standard proven this to work?
Going back more then ten years, the answer is NO.
Interestingly, the experimental evaluations accompanying family cap waivers in NewIn otherwords: people still get pregnant.
Jersey and Arkansas do not provide strong evidence
of a negative effect on fertility (Camasso, et al. 1998 and Turtora, Benda and Turney 1997). However, these family cap evaluations have been
criticized extensively (see Maynard, et al. 1998 for example). In both the New Jersey and Arkansas experiments it was found that many of the AFDC recipients in the control group thought they were subject to the family cap.
The New Jersey experiment also was criticized because it was found that some of the AFDC recipients in the experimental group did not report births to welfare officials because these births did not result in increased benefits.
But he highlights this using themes that try to persuade his audience that they are quickly going to be 'outnumbered' that those who oppose them are going to flow like a tidal wave of humanity thanks to unbelievable reproduction 'they have up to fifteen children'
This, again, is not only specious, it's the secret whistle that says: 'maybe there will be more people who disagree with you just because they are having all these kids.'
It's funny, because if he really is concerned about an overwhelming population problem, there is a solution for that.. it's called birth control.
But, let's make sure that people not only don't have access to birth control, but he'd prefer them not know anything about sex.
Recipe for success: Anti-the-wrong-Children, Anti-Birth-Control, wildly anti-abortion.
S I guess next he gets to chose who lives and who dies.