Huckabee: Government Programs Meant To Empower, Not Enslave

Mike Huckabee said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning that government programs such as food stamps do serve a purpose, but expanding them runs the risk of enslaving the very people who rely on them.

There are some people in this country who need food stamps. There are people who need help. We understand that. We don’t want to make ever a situation where there is not a need for some of those programs. But when you start expanding government programs that enslave people rather than empower them to come off of those programs with the job and dignity of work, then that’s the opposite effect of what those programs were intended to do. They were supposed to be a ladder out of a hole. Not a top on the hole to keep you there.


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