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Schlafly: Obama Sabotages Welfare Reform

By Phyllis Schlafly

President Obama on July 12 ended welfare reform, the crowning achievement of the Republican Congress of 1996. That reform succeeded in reducing the welfare rolls by almost half and was so popular with the American people that Bill Clinton felt compelled to sign it.

The magic bullet that achieved this authentic reform was requiring able-bodied adults to work or at least prepare for work, as a condition of receiving taxpayer handouts. This requirement imposed on welfare recipients was not only good for the taxpayers, but it was also good for the recipients because it put them on the path to self-sufficiency and led to a decline in child poverty.

The welfare system that was formerly called Aid to Families with Dependent Children, AFDC, was retitled Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, TANF. The change wasn't merely semantic; the plan was really to make welfare temporary, helping families to give up dependency on government.

Before 1996, there was nothing temporary about welfare. It was a permanent subsidy for a lifestyle that subsidized illegitimacy and avoidance of responsibility for individual behavior. Contrary to claims of those who opposed the new system, the dramatic success of the Republican welfare reform was due not to giving more flexibility to state governments but to putting tough restrictions on spending the money by the states.

Obama's goal, as he has said, is to "fundamentally transform the United States" and to "spread the wealth" to produce more dependency on government. As he probably learned at the Socialist Workers conference he attended while at Columbia, and then as a student of Chicago radical Saul Alinsky, the best way to do that is to load more people onto the welfare rolls.

In gutting the Republican welfare reform, Obama ignored the fact that the work requirement written into the TANF law is "mandatory." He just went ahead and issued a waiver anyway, claiming it is OK under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

However, the TANF law states that waivers cannot be issued unless they are specifically listed in Section 1115. Welfare's "work" requirement" is not listed.

Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, who worked on writing the 1996 welfare reform, says the "mandatory work requirements" that are contained in Section 407 were deliberately not listed in Section 1115 and therefore cannot legally be waived. He reminds us that before 1996, Democrats had evaded work requirements by allowing such prevarications as hula dancing, attending Weight Watchers and bed rest to qualify as "work."

Under the Republican welfare reform, every state must make 40 percent of welfare recipients work at least 30 hours a week or look for work or take on-the-job-training, vocational schooling or some job-readiness training.

Several governors in 2005 asked Congress to give them more power to issue welfare waivers, but Congress declined to do so. So Obama, speaking through Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, simply took the unlawful action of issuing general waivers anyway.

It's a failure of leadership that Republicans are not loudly denouncing Obama's costly illegal action. They should also be demanding that Congress extend the work requirement to many other welfare-type handouts, such as food stamps, public housing and cellphones.

We now have 45 million, 1 in 7 Americans, receiving food stamps. This high number is concealed from the taxpayers by giving recipients electronic debit cards so that others going through the line at the cash register can't detect who is being fed by the taxpayers.

Obama's illegal waivers of the work requirement for welfare payments are yet another egregiously unlawful action, since the Attorneys General of nine states issued their joint statement detailing 21 illegal or unconstitutional actions of Obama. Another is Obama giving amnesty to a million young illegal aliens, thereby sticking his finger in the eye of Congress, which has repeatedly refused to pass the Development, Relief and Education Alien Minors Act.

Some senators, led by Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and joined by Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, and George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, are speaking publicly against the president's actions. Loose as the criteria are for the illegals to be allowed to stay in the U.S., they can escape all federal charges simply by claiming they meet the DREAM Act's rules, whether it's true or not.

Crane says that Obama makes "untrue" statements about the border. It is not "more secure than ever;" on the contrary, it is a place of "violence, chaos and lawlessness."

When Obama didn't realize the mike was still live, he told the Russian president that after his re-election in November, he will "have more flexibility." If we care about America's future, on Nov. 6, we must bring a stop to the "flexibility" of Obama's unlawful actions.


Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer, conservative political analyst and author of 20 books. She is the co-author, with George Neumayr, of a new book released in July titled "No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom."


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  1. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    August 7, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    This is just the beginning of his sabotage. When he loses the WH in November he will embark on a 3 month terror of sabotage. I just wonder how much harm he can do in those 3 months. I hate to think of it. I wish there was some way he could be stopped in his tracks after November 6th!

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    • llj51Comment by llj51
      August 7, 2012 @ 9:26 am

      I couldn’t agree with you more, especially when Congress goes home for the Holiday break. He can pretty much do anything he wants. With Holder at the DOJ, who is going to stop him. What a tag team, and am sure all planned at the very beginning. He has an agenda to bring this country down and his actions speak loud and clear. I have this sinking feeling that if he thinks there is a chance of losing the election, he and his handlers have plans to keep it from happening. With the dishonesty of the WH and his administration, anything can happen. Be prepared!

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    • MaryComment by Mary
      August 7, 2012 @ 9:52 am

      We need to put a Congress in there that will have to guts to put a stop to his activities. If we don’t we’re in a lot of trouble. I’m praying that he won’t be elected again. I wouldn’t put it past him and his cronies to declare martial law to stop the election.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 7, 2012 @ 9:58 am

      Even Bill Clinton understood that it is the will of the people that keeps politicians in power, as well as their leadership ability to make the lives of the citizens entrusted to them a better place to dwell. Obama is dangerous in that he consistently ignores the will of the people and their best interests and seeks to impose his unrealistic will and ideology upon the people. He just offers more of the immediate gratification for votes with no conception of the long term pain his policies inflict upon the American People. In his heart he knew he was a fraud when first elected, and would only last 4 years so he HAD TO corrupt as much as he could as fast as he could,,,,the Capitalist dream with his socialist agenda.

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    • lindseyComment by lindsey
      August 7, 2012 @ 10:09 am

      Obama is following the “UN AGENDA 21 PLAN”. Wake UP PEOPLE and learn what it has ALREADY done to our Freedoms, etc. and where we are going SOON.
      To start GOOGLE: “Tom DeWeese Agenda 21″. Or you can go to a Tea Party Meetup site that has ALL the info and video’s to get informed on it. This Tea Party has been Elected as one of the TOP TEN Tea Parties in the US by “The Hertiage Foundation” ( we think because of their Research, Info, etc.)
      Go To:
      Click for TOPICS by CLICKING under “DISCUSSIONS” for AGENDA 21, etc. (If you Join and Sign up, you will get DAILY Updates of what is happening, etc. – Make sure to CLICK on Your Profile on the Upper right and Check OFF all to Receive ALL Emails, Updates, ect. – It’s Well WORTH IT).

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      August 7, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

      “the “mandatory work requirements” that are contained in Section 407 were deliberately not listed in Section 1115 and therefore cannot legally be waived.”

      Therefore, Obama has violated another federal law he disagrees with, and is guilty of an impeachable offense. He did the same thing by refusing to enforce the “Defense of Marriage Act” as well as changing the federal immigration law by executive order allowing nearly 2 million illegal aliens to be exempt from deportation.

      Since the House of Representatives has allowed these federal law violations and refused to take action, every one of them have violated their oath of office and should be voted out.

      We are either a nation of laws or we are a dictatorship, and November 6, 2012 will determine which option the people want.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      August 7, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

      I totally agree with you, Nickster. He will more than likely start issuing Exec Orders as fast as he can have them printed up. Our only hope would be if the new president immediately issued an EO that nullified all previous Obama orders.

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  2. noveldogComment by noveldog
    August 7, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Obama and the Democrats do not want to end welfare. They count on them for votes! Keep them poor and on the welfare rolls and they will vote for those whom they think support them.

    It is really sad that so many of these poor folks have been duped by these unscrupulous politicians who merely want to stay in power at all cost.

    We can only tell them the truth and hope some of them will see through the Vail of lies and deceit and come to their senses before this country goes under The Big Chinese Foot and we become slaves one and all!

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  3. loriecComment by loriec
    August 7, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    This does not suprise me one bit about what Obama is doing to bring down the country. What he is doing turns my stomach so bad that I hate to get up in the morning just to hear more of his distruction.
    Welfare was ment to help people; not make people a living as Obama thinks. If we were to do a survey of all of the obese people in this nation, we would find that the majority are on some type of government assistance. I know that there are people that can’t work, but there are some that are just milking the system.

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  4. ringComment by ring
    August 7, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Hello Campers,

    FINALLY, somebody mentions that Obama is a Saul Alinski follower. Did ya know Ms. Clinton did her masters on Alinski and he offered her a job running an “institute” in Chicago which was later named after a nut and then run by guess whom? Ms. Clinton declined to go work for Alinski choosing to instead work on her Doctorate and that’s when she met Bill Clinton. She did, however, keep close touch with Alinski up until his death in 1972.

    Ring in Terlingua

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  5. GordonComment by Gordon
    August 7, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    What do you expect from a fraud who has never worked a day in a real job in his life. He is trying to force people to be governmentally dependent. That makes it easier for him to be god.

    If you think Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto is the for the utopian society, than think again. Read the following poem called “Human Pride” that tells the true motive and heart of Karl Marx.

    “With disdain I will throw my gauntlet
    Full in the face of the world,
    And see the collapse of this pygmy giant
    Whose fall will not stifle my ardour.”

    “Then will I wander godlike and victorious
    Through the ruins of the world
    And, giving my words an active force,
    I will feel equal to the Creator.”

    In other words, his objective is to destroy mankind so as to elevate himself (and others like him – Obama and Soros) to be as god.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 7, 2012 @ 10:04 am

      And Praise God Government from whom all blessings must flow,,,,or Else!,,,,,,NOT I said the third little Pig that built HIS house out of Capitalist Bricks, not socialist straw and was able to keep the Big Bad Socialist Wolf at bay, who always ends up in their own self-manufactured boiling pot of socialist stew when they try to come down the chimney of well armed American patriots, armed with guns and truth.

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  6. oldtimer1933Comment by oldtimer1933
    August 7, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    From the first I heard of this man, he seemed to be determined to weaken the United States by every means possible. As he began rising in the polls, I searched and found him almost ‘invisible’ as far as a past was concerned, a feeling of angst as I had never before experienced arose in me. How on Earth could we even think of turning over the secrets of the nation to a ‘stealth’ candidate.

    Virtually every act or speech of his and many of his supporters seem to have been calcualted to DIVIDE RATHER THAN UNITE and that has been the way of his entire Administration, and with that in mind, remember ‘DIVIDED WE FALL’, and the ‘dividing’ continues, and like a previous post, one can only shudder at the thought of the damage he can cause even after he has been defeated in November. Of course, any other election outcome is just too horrible to contemplate.

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  7. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    August 7, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    Another ploy to garner more votes for the socialists and their agenda. Keep them dependent on the Government. No one should get free money. They should be working doing something for that money. But no, that would be demeaning to the little parasites.

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  8. lindseyComment by lindsey
    August 7, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    My niece just got on Welfare and she told me she has to work. I called her at work and it was the Welfare office in the State of MS where she lives. She has a 2 yr old that (They) Welfare provides Daycare and also provides my Niece transpartation to work. She lives in a very Rural part of the state of MS. I was surprised at this article above but do believe it. Being told otherwise by my niece, I’ll have to keep in touch with her to see when she doesn’t have to work anymore and makes this article very true. Maybe it hasn’t been put into full force yet but she just started working MID July for her Welfare Benefits for her and her baby. I’m so glad she has to work for she is soo….LAZY.

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  9. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    August 7, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    This nightmare will only cease in it’s entirety, if Nobama is proven to be a non legal sitting President. Impeachment would only solidify the fact that he is a President, while taking him out by proving he is not legally qualified to be President, will strip him immediately, and any and all laws passed, pieces of paper he has signed, appointments he has made would immediately become null and void. It would be as if he had never been elected, except for the severe egg on the face of the American people, his party, and all sympathizers.
    He would also loose all the benefits a retiring President would get, including security. He would likely not have to worry about being killed, as he would no longer be a threat to our Country.
    This action could be taken, and would be exactly what we need, to not even have to worry about whither or not he is re-elected.
    The branches would have to be behind it, along with someone with deep pockets, to seek out, find, and act upon the information necessary to accomplish the goal. I would be more than happy for my tax dollars to go to this most worthy cause.
    We all need to call, email, and write our Senators, Governors, and Congressmen and push for this action to be taken. They need to be woken up from their sleep, bothered at lunch, and be constantly reminded that this is what we the people want from them.
    As mentioned in a post above, the three months after the election, plus the time between now and the election, would be sufficient for him to chop America to bits. Especially since there is no one who is willing to fight against what he does. A single voice in a crowd is nearly impossible to hear, however a crowd of voices is deafening.
    He is like a bad renter, which the home owner cannot get
    ejected until after the home is destroyed. A very bad error in judgment, which we all have to live with, until his eviction.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      August 7, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

      “Impeachment would only solidify the fact that he is a President, while taking him out by proving he is not legally qualified to be President, will strip him immediately, and any and all laws passed, pieces of paper he has signed, appointments he has made would immediately become null and void.”

      freedomfighter, of course you are correct, but it has been made very clear that NO ONE in authority is going to validate that he is a fraud and usurper.

      “We all need to call, email, and write our Senators, Governors, and Congressmen and push for this action to be taken.”

      The senators and governors are NOT going to do anything. The House is the only part of government given the responsibility of impeaching the president. They have been asked repeatedly about issuing articles of impeachment and they refuse to even discuss it. Their excuse is that they do not have a two-thirds majority in the House and can’t get enough Democrats to give them the numbers needed. So if the GOP doesn’t take a two-thirds majority in November, Obama can continue his destruction of America.

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    • nycsdancerComment by nycsdancer
      August 8, 2012 @ 12:35 am

      That IS the only way – but what a mess it will create – having to reverse everything this fake has perpetrated on this wonderful country. It will take years to recover – I’m kinda hoping the Mayans were correct…..

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  10. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    August 7, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Pitiful! Obama obviously wants more and more people dependent on government handouts, and this is destroying our country.

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  11. CarolComment by Carol
    August 7, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    This is beyond horrible and there are so many idiots out there that believe in him and the more I tell them the more they get mad at me.

    I hope and pray that people will NOT vote for him in November but it is up to all of us that know the truth to spread it around and hope they believe it.

    The only thing I want everyone to look up for themselves:

    Bilberger’s Group Meet


    Another thing is do people on this wevb-site know the company that will count our votes in November now is in Spain? They are no longer counted by a USA company because this company sould their company to a Spanish company.

    That is why when he went to Spain they told Obama not to worry about the votes because they are counting them.

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      August 7, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

      “It’s not who votes that counts. It’s who counts the votes that counts”. — – Josef Stalin

      Go to you tube and search “voting machines rigged”. There are pages and pages of videos on the problem. Especially the Princeton University demonstration on rigging the machine. Who says the election is valid. Obama doesn’t have to invoke martial law to prevent the election. It’s aready rigged in his favor.

      Remember; in 2010 Harry Reid was behind by 6% at 10pm. By 8am the next morning he won by 10%. Nevada used voting machines. What do you think will happen this November? If there is a machine at your polling location, ask for a paper ballot. You have a right do so. That doesn’t mean your vote will be counted, but it is a step in the right direction, since you can’t trust the machine.

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      August 8, 2012 @ 3:09 am

      I agree with Carmine. We all know there has been massive voter fraud in the past with illegals and dead people votng several times. Now they only have to rig the machines. As a one time computer programmer I know how easy it is to gimmick the machine to do what you want it to do regardless of what it says on the screen. And how do you know the paper readout is what is being transmitted back to the central location where the votes are counted. You don’t. Never mind about test runs. The machine knows when you are running a test and gives you an accurate count at that time. The only reliable system is a paper ballot. I think that Carmine is from New York. I don’t know what kind of system is in use there, but here in Idaho we use a #2 pencil and fill in an oval on the ballot. It is then scanned for the totals. If there is any problem then the ballots can be hand counted as a verification of the vote. This has been done a couple of times in close local elections, and for some strange reason the hand count matched the scanned count.

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  12. wedeyComment by wedey
    August 7, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    I am wondering why Congress is ignoring him not enforcing the laws we have on the books and allowing him, when he disagrees, just issuing an executive order. With the exception of a very few, I think we need toclean out Congress to.

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  13. jfrnklnComment by jfrnkln
    August 7, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    Congress has allowed themselves to be made irrelivant by President Obama’s Executive orders.

    He should be impeached.

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  14. cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
    August 8, 2012 @ 2:52 am

    That’s a good one, Mr President. You just gave more people an exuse to be mad at you. Keep this up and there will be just three votes for you. You, Pelosi and Harry Reid. You might get a fourth from your wife, but somehow I don’t think so.

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  15. joshuaComment by joshua
    August 25, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Here’s is another example of how the Republican party and those who support it continue to LIE & DECEIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! I have spent the past two yrs exposing their lies and false accusations about this President. From his not being an American citizen…to his being a Socialist…A Muslim…to lying about his policies, misguiding & misleading people into believing things that are not true. Most of us, if we were in a relationship and our partner was caught lying, would seriously consider the relationship and depending on the depth of the lie might decide to terminate it. Yet, one lie after another and Republicans continue to support the SATAN! Phyllis is the latest in her bold-face lying….For those of you who REALLY CARE ABOUT TRUTH & FACTS,go to and plug in “Does Obama’s Plan Gut Welfare Reform?” Read the Truth….for a change.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      August 25, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

      Joshua…If your post wasn’t so sad, it would be funny. You go into a long diatribe of all the “lies” that the Republican party has told about Obama, and you mention a couple about him being a Muslim, etc. Yeah, some of that kind of stuff has been floating around, but lets deal with some FACTS…!

      1. Unemployment has been about 8.2% for 3 1/2 years, and Obama promised it would never be above 8%
      2. He spent nearly $1 trillion dollars stimulus to fix the unemployment problem and it failed.
      3. He bailed out GM and they are now facing bankruptcy
      4. He has given millions in loan guarantees to solar panel green energy companies, and most have gone bankrupt.
      5. Cash for Clunkers…a total failure
      6. promised to close Guantanamo, it’s still open
      7. Played all cutesy with a Russian diplomat, telling him that after Obama’s re election “he would have more flexibility”
      8. Made silly dumb statements one right after another like “if you have a business, you didn’t build that”
      9. 42 million people on food stamps
      10. Took 1/2 trillion dollars from Medicare to pay for his Obama care
      11. Refuses to ok the XL pipeline and this creating probably 20,000 jobs.
      12. His Jobs czar, Jeffrey Immelt sent a good portion of GE’s production to China, thus creating thousands of jobs in China.

      I could go on and list a bunch more that Obama has done to ruin our country, but I think you get the picture, and if you ask, I’ll produce verification for every statement that I’ve made. So now who is the liar..

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