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The Return of Welfare as We Know It


When Republicans controlled Congress and Bill Clinton sat as president of the United States, one of the signature bills of the era was passed: welfare reform. No longer could someone just sit around and collect checks. Someone receiving government assistance was required to work. The bill was touted as "the end of welfare as we know it." Guess what? It's back, and it's back because Barack Obama would rather have people sit around than work.

As noted in The Daily Caller:

The Department and Health and Human Services announced the agency will issue waivers for the federal work requirement of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program -- considered a central facet of welfare reform in 1996 -- Thursday.

The "Information Memorandum" states that the agency will be issuing waivers for TANF's work participation requirements for parents and caretakers as a way to find new approaches to better employment outcomes.

"While the TANF work participation requirements are contained in section 407, section 402(a)(1)(A)(iii) requires that the state plan '[e]nsure that parents and caretakers receiving assistance under the program engage in work activities in accordance with section 407,'" the memo, signed by HHS Director of the Office of Family Assistance, Earl Johnson, explained. "Thus, HHS has authority to waive compliance with this 402 requirement and authorize a state to test approaches and methods other than those set forth in section 407, including definitions of work activities and engagement, specified limitations, verification procedures, and the calculation of participation rates."

The Washington Examiner reports on Newt Gingrich's reaction. Gingrichs describes the move by the Obama administration as "almost certainly illegal."

"Obama's suspension of workfare requirements is almost certainly illegal, a sign of the jobs failure, and a reminder how liberal [O]bama is," Gingrich tweeted this morning following a report from the Heritage Foundation that the Health and Human Services Department had "released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996."

Gingrich added that "President [C]linton and the [R]epublican [C]ongress created a bipartisan work oriented reform of welfare," in a second tweet. "Obama has single handedly destroyed it," Gingrich said.

Obama's new rule "allows the Department of Health and Human Services to waive the work requirement at the heart of welfare reform," as The Washington Examiner's Byron York explains. "That reform, originally vetoed but later signed into law by President Bill Clinton, is widely viewed as the most successful policy initiative in a generation. Under it, the growth in welfare rolls was reversed and millions of people moved from welfare to work."

Obama knows one thing for sure: let people sit around and receive "free" money, and they will just want to sit around and receive "free" money. Keeping people dependent on government is the only way liberals can stay in power.

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  1. Keith Charles JohnsonComment by Keith Charles Johnson
    July 14, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    This is a case of natural progression;i.e., unemployment is at 8.2% with no end in sight, and there are no jobs for the TANF families. Therefore, in the typical manner of the progressive politician, President Obama followed suit, and removed the “work for welfare” requirment from the program.

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  2. keiterchuckComment by keiterchuck
    July 14, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation
    Margaret Thatcher (1925 – )

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  3. JohnnyAngel AdvocacyComment by JohnnyAngel Advocacy
    July 14, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    This is on the subject of picking Rice as Romney’s VP.That’s not what sources tell me,but if he does,it is just another 4 years for Obama,Allen West will make him President

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    • catmanComment by catman
      July 14, 2012 @ 9:34 am


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    • effwingerComment by effwinger
      July 14, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

      Wrong. I like Col West, but the one that will make Romney president is none other than Barry (Sortero) Obama….

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  4. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    July 14, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Obama always makes the choice that will hurt America.

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  5. notwamComment by notw
    July 14, 2012 @ 10:42 am

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    • notwamComment by notw
      July 14, 2012 @ 10:55 am

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  6. librabobComment by librabob
    July 14, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Obama will be known as the “Free Stuff President”. Buying votes is the only way he knows how to succeed as a politician. Remember, he is from Chicago. What he’s doing is much like how a child predator lures in children by giving them free stuff. The corruption in his administration is like nothing we have ever seen in the history of our country. The economic destruction of America is his goal. He will succeed unless people wake up to this snake charmer and vote him out of power in November, along with all the other progressive liberals in Washington.

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  7. highsiderComment by highsider
    July 14, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Well, the commander in thief didn’t even issue an executive order to break this law, he just had his bureaucrats declare that it’s no longer the law. Sure wish we still had a congress and supreme court. Those were the good old days……..

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  8. oldcuzComment by oldcuz
    July 14, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    By all maeans possible Oh Great One get everybody on the Entitlement Dole, then you will have your Government Plantation all set up and as Col West said all us slaves will gladly do your bidding and keep you worthless Progressives in power, I swear I don’t know how the Democrats can face the people of this Nation

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  9. positive influenceComment by jmbg
    July 14, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    I believe that Obama and his crooked crew will fix the election so he wins and it will be 4 years of “investigating” just like his birth records. HE IS AN OBAMAnation – the anti-christ. We all better be right with God because we are in for a religious ride/war with the muslims.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      July 16, 2012 @ 8:47 am

      Here is a paragragh from the communist manifesto. “The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win”. This is why the “one” is doing the things he does. Why he lies the way he does. Why he has one goal and that is to destroy this country. Beginning with the economy. The forcible overthrow can and never will happen. That is why it is done with a pretty face, lies, promises and a teleprompter. Obummer was hand picked for the job he is doing by the 80 communists in congress and George Soros. They got their word out and the sheeple (independents) believed him. Hopefully they have become smarter this time around!

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  10. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    July 16, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    The thought of obummer being the Anti-Christ has been brought up in jest by a lot of people I know and friends too. But I must say he fits the bill to a “T” And I truly believe we are in a war with the radical muslim world I just wish more people took it seriously. This war will last for a long, long time to come!

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