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"You know, people are poor in America, Steve, not because they lack money; they're poor because they lack values, morals, and ethics. And if government can't teach and instill that, we're wasting our time simply giving poor people money."
- Bill Cunningham, October 28, 2008
"The poor know little of the motives which stimulate the higher ranks of action - pride, honor and ambition. In general it is only hunger which can spur and goad them onto labor."
- Joseph Townsend, 1786
“People who are perfectly capable of working are buying things like beer.”
- James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma
"Everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor or they will never be industrious."
- Arthur Young, 1771
“The explosion of food stamps in this country is not just a fiscal issue for me, this is a defining moral issue of our time.”
- Representative Steve Southerland, Republican from Florida
“The only way to prevent the people from becoming habitually dependent on government is to bring the operation to a close.”
- Sir Charles Trevelyan (on ending Irish famine relief efforts), circa 1850
“[the social safety net has become] a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.”
- Paul Ryan, 2011
“It is time that we recognize that many families are trying to survive in drug-induced poverty, and we have an obligation to make sure taxpayer money is not being used to support drug dealers.”
- Utah state senator Tim Schaffer, 2013
"The poor ... are like the shadows in a painting: they provide the necessary contrast."
- Philippe Hecquet, 1740
[children in poor neighborhoods have] “no habits of working and nobody around them who works.”
- Newt Gingrich, 2012
''In order to succeed, the poor need most of all the spur of their poverty.''
- George Gilder, ''Wealth and Poverty'' 1980
"There is not a more contented people amoung us, than those that work the hardest and are the least acquainted with the pomp and delicacies of the world."
- Bernard de Mandeville, 1732
"There are no rich. There are no middle class. There are no poor... We all either work for rich people or we sell stuff to rich people."
- Rand Paul, 2010