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‘Enough is enough’: Rand Paul suggests cutting benefits for unwed mothers with too many kids

By Travis Gettys
Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:30 EST
Rand Paul speaks to ABC News
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested the possibility of cutting government benefits for unwed mothers who have multiple children.

“Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount,’” said Paul, who opposes legal abortion and has criticized the federal health care law’s contraception mandate as a violation of religious and economic liberty.

The likely 2016 presidential candidate made the remarks Thursday during a luncheon in Lexington, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader, in response to a question about workforce development.

 

He admitted the suggestion, which he did not directly endorse, might be unpopular and difficult to implement.

“I don’t know how you do all that because then it’s tough to tell a woman with four kids that she’s got a fifth kid we’re not going to give her any more money,” Paul said. “But we have to figure out how to get that message through because that is part of the answer. Some of that’s not coming from government. It needs to come from ministers and people in the community and parents and grandparents to convince our kids to do something different.”

The conservative senator said communities or families should be responsible for the prevention of unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, but he said government policies could discourage unwed mothers from having additional children.

“Married with kids versus unmarried with kids is the difference between living in poverty and not,” Paul said.

U.S. Census Bureau data back his claim, showing that 30.9 percent of families led by a single mother were living in poverty in 2012, compared to 6.3 percent of families led by a married couple and 16.4 percent of families led by a single father.

“We should sell that message,” Paul said. “Not in a mean way to tell people who already have made a bad decision, but if you’ve had one child and you’re not married, you shouldn’t have another one.”

 

He said children should be strongly encouraged not to have children until they’re married, arguing that this would allow them entry into the middle class.

“There’s all kinds of ways, and we can debate … but there are all kinds of ways to stop having kids,” said Paul, although he didn’t specifically identify any of those ways.

An aide to Paul declined to comment later Thursday when asked to clarify the senator’s remarks, but Paul himself offered an explanation Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I mused about how you’d have a government policy, but I actually came down saying it would be very difficult to have a government policy,” Paul said. “I mostly concluded by saying it’s a community, it’s a religious, it’s a personal problem, but it is a problem.”

He conceded during the television program that “government can’t do anything about this, (but) we shouldn’t just give up.”

“The community, ministers, pastors, parents, grandparents, we need to be saying — and this is maybe one of the most important things we ought to be saying that doesn’t have a specific policy prescription — but we need to be telling our kids that poverty is linked to having children before you’re married,” Paul said. “The institution of marriage is incredibly important, not just as a religious institution but as an economic institution.”

“It’s not that I’m against children — I come from a large family,” he said. “In the right context, it can lead to a great life, but in the wrong context, it really can be a burden for those who aren’t yet married.”

Edited to include Paul’s additional remarks Sunday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is no more than Racist Code euphemism rhetoric for 'Black mothers' disguised as being inclusive of all "unwed" mothers.

 

Racist right-wing politics painted the face of "unwed" mothers as being Black women and unleashed a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Propaganda campaign onto their children via Hollywood, the media and the music industry decades ago in this country.

 

So, I wonder how all the unwed mothers that work everyday or work two or three jobs everyday and pay taxes fill about his blanket statement of unwed mothers?

 

I wonder how all the unwed mothers "who have multiple children" that work and pay taxes just like he does fill about racist, sexist and bigoted politicians like himself painting all unwed mothers with the same broad and sweeping racist, sexist, religiously bigoted and hate-mongering brush?

 

Being unwed is not the only way that women find themselves in a position of having to raise a family alone.

 

So, let me get this straight, if a woman that was divorced or whose husband left her or whose husband died or whose husband was abducted by aliens, has"multiple kids" finds herself unemployed/laid off/fired from her job/with her unemployment benefits run out or ill, it's o.k. for her to receive assistance from the government program set up in this country to assist families in such a situation, but if she happens to be a mother who does not possess a piece of paper or that did not perform an ancient religious ritual before any of her children were born, she should not be assisted by this same program?  

 

Umm.

 

 

 

 

Just because someone says "I do" to someone doesn't necessarily mean that they "do".  Bunches of folks are just full of doo-doo.  What about the "men" that practice Polygamy in this joint?  What about their 150 out of so-called "wed-lock" children and their 15 to 20 wives at the same damn time?  Every now and then you can read about some fool that married his dog or cat.  I imagine you can marry your car if you want.  White men when it comes to out-of-wed-lock anything, you should just keep your mouths shut.  Never forget the out-of-wed-lock babies your great--great-great-and so--forth, grandpappies produced with his so-called slaves.  You're probably facing some of your "black" cousins every day in the Halls of Dementia called Goverment.  Get out of here!!!!!

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