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Issue Position: Welfare

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I believe that part of our moral obligation is to ensure that those in society who are unable to care for themselves are cared for. What has been blurred is the definition of who that is. My goal in Madison would be to significantly refine this definition. Benjamin Franklin understood this issue over 200 years ago when he said "In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." People who are on welfare that are capable of working are being cheated out of their pursuit of happiness and a feeling purpose, and that goes against the very core of our constitution.

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