"For the past 30 years our nation’s spent $5 trillion trying to erase poverty, and the result, as you know, is that we didn’t get rid of it at all. In fact, we spread it. We destroyed the self-esteem of millions of people, grinding them down in a welfare system that penalizes moms for wanting to marry the father of their children, and penalizes moms for wanting to save money. Friends, that’s not right."
J. C. Watts, Jr.
(1957- ) US Congressman from Oklahoma (R), former quarterback in the Canadian Football League
Feb. 5, 1997