Obama administration guts work requirements for Clinton-era welfare reform

posted at 11:21 am on July 13, 2012 by Rob Bluey

The landmark welfare reform law President Bill Clinton signed in 1996 helped move nearly 3 million families off the government dole — the result of federal work requirements that promoted greater self-reliance.

Yesterday the Obama administration gutted those federal work rules, ignoring the will of Congress by issuing a policy directive that allows the Department of Health and Human Services to waive the work requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. “The result is the end of welfare reform,” wrote Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley of The Heritage Foundation.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), author of welfare reform legislation, said in response to the news:

President Obama just tore up a basic foundation of the welfare contract. In exchange for taxpayer-funded TANF payments, the law calls on able-bodied adults to work, look for work, take classes, or undergo drug and alcohol counseling. It’s the tough love that gives people motivation to help themselves.

The administration’s decision follows other recent executive actions on immigration, marriage, religion, education and energy policies. In each case, President Obama has put his own “imperial presidency” ahead of Congress and federal law.

The latest maneuver is particularly alarming given the rising number of Americans who rely on the government for aid. Obama has dramatically increased welfare spending. TANF, the program in question, is just one of more than 70 welfare programs operated by the government at a cost of nearly $1 trillion per year.

Jordan, who leads the conservative Republican Study Committee, last year spearheaded a plan to reform welfare. The Welfare Reform Act of 2011 would require recipients of food stamps to work or prepare for a job, disclose the costs of total federal, state, and local welfare spending, and return welfare spending to its 2007 level once unemployment hits 6.5 percent.

The administration’s action goes in the opposite direction, Jordan warned: “By waiving the law’s requirements, President Obama will make it harder for Americans to escape poverty. He is hurting the very people he claims to help.”

UPDATE: In response to widespread criticism, the Obama administration is (predictably) dismissing the significance of its policy directive. George Sheldon, acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, said the change will give states greater flexibility to spend more time assisting individuals and less time on paperwork.

Rob Bluey directs the Center for Media and Public Policy, an investigative journalism operation at The Heritage Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @RobertBluey


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Drudge’s still headlining with the Condi stuffs, but at least links to the Foundry.org report, in a small post on the left, under WILDFIRES.
Sigh.

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The spineless GOP is gobsmacked. That is all.

Mr. Arrogant on July 13, 2012 at 1:36 PM

The question is.. are there any limits to what O can do by executive order? Can he simply delete the reelectioin requirement for current presidents, and continue on as president until death?
Listen, it’s time we start to put up a fight, donate $ like there is no tommorow. And Mitt… ATTACK. Abandon the puritan restraint please, and start to attack like your life depended on it!!

anotherJoe on July 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Short of it:

Under Clinton: Welfare to Work…

Under Obama: Work to Welfare…

PatriotRider on July 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Yeah I saw that too. I guess dismantling welfare reform isn’t a sexy enough headline. Pathetic.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 1:40 PM

“By gutting the work requirements in President Clinton’s signature welfare reform law, President Obama is admitting his economic policies have failed,” Boehner wrote.

“While President Clinton worked with Congress in a bipartisan way on welfare reform and economic opportunity, President Obama has routinely ignored Republican proposals, rejected House-passed jobs bills, and imposed an agenda that’s helped keep the unemployment rate above eight percent for 41 months. Instead of working with Republicans to boost job creation, the president is simply disregarding the requirement that welfare recipients find work,” he continued.

Boehner concluded, “Welfare reform was an historic, bipartisan success – this move by the Obama administration is a partisan disgrace.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/13/hhs-to-offer-waivers-for-tanf-work-requirement/#ixzz20WdeBdMn

Good response to the latest Team Obama blunder

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

So when do we start impeachment proceedings? Violating and dictatorily negating standing law, more then once! Now who’s the Fascist? The insane left will love it, as long as power and force goes their way they’re all for it. Any bets on whether or not we have an election ??

arand on July 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Under Clinton: Welfare to Work…

Under Obama: Work to Welfare…

PatriotRider on July 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Awesome!

topdog on July 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Short of it:

Under Clinton: Welfare to Work…

Under Obama: Work to Welfare…

PatriotRider on July 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Pair that with “Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China…”

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Mitt responds
Via drudge

cmsinaz on July 13, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Martial Law is coming…

… Obowma is lawless.

Seven Percent Solution on July 13, 2012 at 1:48 PM

It is sad that I have to go to the MSM to get the whole story, and there ARE two sides to this story. Clearly Obama’s objective is NOT to gut welfare reform, but rather to give states more flexibility to innovate, to find better ways to implement the program. I agree with his objective, but strongly disagree with his methods.

topdog on July 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

If his intentions were so good, why sneak it in on a Friday, and why do it 3.5 months before the election?

Night Owl on July 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Obama administration guts work requirements for Clinton-era welfare reform

FORWARD!!!

jrgdds on July 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

We won’t get rid of Obama through impeachment. You have to have 2/3 of the Senate to remove someone from office.

If we don’t defeat him in November, we are stuck with him. If you think what is happening right now is disturbing, another BO term will seal our fate.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Ahhh.. memories.

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Might have been a 3-ring circus, but it WAS OUR 3-ring circus.
Good times.

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

This is what bipartisanship and cooperation and abiding by the rules get you in the Age of Obama: The part of the compromise he like he keeps, the part he doesn’t he unilaterally crosses out of the law. It’s a line-item veto that no law or Constitution ever gave him, and he’s using it retroactively. How can you negotiate with someone who won’t keep his promises or honor his commitments? Obama has gone rogue, and his Administration has place this country on the brink of a Constitutional crisis in multiple instances.

Socratease on July 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

obama apparently has no regard for the laws of the land. Too bad we have a congress and justice department that will not bring obama to task on his bypassing these laws.

I did not capitalize proper nouns in the sentence above because all the nouns, like their people, are common and not worthy of special treatment.

That’ll teach ‘em.

timberline on July 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

more dependents, the looters are over taking the producers

burserker on July 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

That’s it! Enough is enough!
This is nothing but pandering to the Mooches for votes!
First, Congressional R’s need to go to Federal court for an injunction to stop the “Policy Change”.
Then IMPEACH the bastards for violating the duly passed law….
I guess if they can do this, then we don’t have to abide any law in effect….think about it.
Contact Congressman and Senators and tell them that their laws mean nothing….according to the President.
They are afraid to protect the role of the Congress in our government for fear of a backlash by the Babama supporters; but what they don’t see comming is the backlash from those of us that support the Declaration and Constitution.

dirtengineer on July 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

cnn

no mention of it on the website

top story Olympic Uniforms

audiotom on July 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Obama administration guts work requirements for Clinton-era welfare reform

Hey Bill, how’s that for a slap in your ‘ole keester?

Still like the anointed one? Are you still going to be one of his stooges and kiss up to him after this?

timberline on July 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Obviously, the idea is to give people all kinds of free stuff, this, phones, food stamps, whatever and then say “If you elect Romney, YOU LOSE EVERYTHING”. That’s the strategy.

Wagthatdog on July 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM

When was the last time President Obama had a press conference to answer questions about all this lawlessness?

We know he hates questions but can he really put them off until after the election?

Wagthatdog on July 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM

“Through these efforts we all have to recognize, as I said in 1992, the best anti-poverty program is still a job.

I want to congratulate the members of Congress in both parties who worked together on this welfare reform legislation. I want to challenge them to put politics aside and continue to work together to meet our other challenges, and to correct the problems that are still there with this legislation.

I am convinced that it does present an historic opportunity to finish the work of ending welfare as we know it, and that is why I have decided to sign it…”

Bill Clinton August 1 1996
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/08/01/us/text-of-president-clinton-s-announcement-on-welfare-legislation.html?pagew

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Where is Bill Clinton?

Clinton thinks Bush tax cuts should be extended for all and now this?

What a slap in the face.

Wagthatdog on July 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I agree with his objective, but strongly disagree with his methods.

topdog on July 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

If his intentions were so good, why sneak it in on a Friday, and why do it 3.5 months before the election?

Night Owl on July 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Point well taken. He had me for a minute. The more I read about this, the less I trust his motives. His argument is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is hiding his own motives behind a seemingly conservative argument.

I should have said:
I agree with his STATED objective but strongly disagree with his methods.

topdog on July 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

The spineless GOP is gobsmacked. That is all.

Mr. Arrogant on July 13, 2012 at 1:36 PM

That’s the fundamental problem. Whatever you say about the Dems, they are willing to be aggresive. They aren’t afraid of being called “extremist”.

On the other hand, the GOP beltway types are always playing “prevent defense”. As in football, what that does is prevent you from winning.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Point well taken. He had me for a minute. The more I read about this, the less I trust his motives. His argument is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is hiding his own motives behind a seemingly conservative argument.

I should have said:
I agree with his STATED objective but strongly disagree with his methods.

topdog on July 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

You had me scared there for a minute!

Night Owl on July 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Silence, it was issued at 4 pm yesterday…good grief.

The last thing you want is some candidate running around commenting before analyzing and fully understanding the context…Mitt isn’t a blogger.

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM

These people live and breath this stuff. I don’t think it’s beyond reasonable expectations to have someone on Romney’s staff go after Obama on this unconstitutional fiat and, at the very least, mention it. If low expectations make you feel better, then embrace it r2b. I won’t.

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Here

Considering it was 4 pm, and Mitt responded before noon, kind of makes you look a little picky and finicky, doesn’t it?

Embrace your own childish behavior, it takes time to formulate an educated opinion, and make sure all of the facts are known before responding…given that consideration, Mitt acted fast, as he has each time Obama has stuck his foot in his mouth.
You wouldn’t have look so foolish if you had waited…oh wait, he had already responded by the time you began whining. You should have just kept quiet, now we get to laugh at you.

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

The president does not have the power to “waive” laws.

forest on July 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

That was my first thought too. I have thought it every time Obama does something like this by executive fiat. I don’t recall reading anywhere in the Constitution where he is granted the power to waive the rules set by law. In fact, I believe his job is specifically to oversee the enactment and enforcement of the laws passed by Congress and signed into law by himself or his predecessors regardless of whether he likes what those laws say or not.

gravityman on July 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

For all the times Bush was called a fascist, it was never like this. Obama truly does believe himself to be king and he doesn’t feel like he can be constrained by laws, the Legislative Branch, nor the Judicial Branch. The only thing that holds him back from doing whatever he wants is how far he can push the envelope with the American people without causing such a huge backlash they won’t vote for him in November.

This man is going to be a nightmare as a lame duck. Whether that’s a 4 year period from reelection or 3 month period waiting for Romney to be sworn in.

Be afraid. Be very afraid of what this socialist fascist is going to do.

ButterflyDragon on July 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

It is sad that I have to go to the MSM to get the whole story, and there ARE two sides to this story. Clearly Obama’s objective is NOT to gut welfare reform, but rather to give states more flexibility to innovate, to find better ways to implement the program. I agree with his objective, but strongly disagree with his methods.

topdog on July 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The road to hell is paved with good intentions…most every program people would agree with the “objective”.
Health care for everyone–cradle to grave, why not, great objective…everyone working just 30 hours a week, 6 weeks a year vacation–paid for by the government—great objectives.
Why everyone paid over 100 thousand a year, great objective…free heating, free internet, free cable, free everything, great objectives.

And no pal, Obama is not giving the states more “flexibility” he has never shown any regard for state rights, quite the contrary, he is for limiting state rights and expanding federal mandates….good grief, we have our share of weirdos, it must the Friday the 13th or something.

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Be afraid. Be very afraid of what this socialist fascist is going to do.

ButterflyDragon on July 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Well it will be mostly over in 116 days, but then another couple of months, but Romney will be able to turn over most of Obama’s mandates.

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I think politically Romney is playin’ this just right for independents…

Why would Obama gut a successful bi-partisan reform that was a signature legacy of the Clinton Administration 3 months before election…unless he’s exactly the desperado the GOP says he is?

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Just think what his second term will be like when he is not trying to get re-elected.

tommer74 on July 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I donated money to the Romney campaign recently, the first time in my entire life that I have ever given money to a politician. That’s because this is the first time in my life that I have ever been totally afraid of a sitting American president. Barack Obama is a wannabe dictator, he isn’t shy about it, and we as Americans HAVE to do something, or lose everything.

RebeccaH on July 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM

What I would like to know is where are all the true American patriotic voices in the Democrat party? Surely, there has got to be a faction of the party that recognizes what this man is doing and are just as disturbed by it as we are. They can’t all believe this president is just peachy…can they? It’s time for them to speak out…where are they?

lynncgb on July 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Drudge headline:

ROMNEY TO MEET PRESS: INTERVIEWS NOW WITH ABC, CBS, NBC AND FOX

Gotta KNOW that the alphabets will bend over backwards to say crap like.. FINALLY, Romney speaks !! To us, your anointed spokesfolks …. yada yada.
Count on it.

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Obama is an azz. He just killed opportunity and better lives for families.

magicbeans on July 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The man has his own brand of opportunity. Those on the bottom rung of the ladder now have every opportunity to stay there.

lynncgb on July 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Drudge headline:

ROMNEY TO MEET PRESS: INTERVIEWS NOW WITH ABC, CBS, NBC AND FOX

Gotta KNOW that the alphabets will bend over backwards to say crap like.. FINALLY, Romney speaks !! To us, your anointed spokesfolks …. yada yada.
Count on it.

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Governor Romney should blacklist NBC. Why would they ever change when we reward them with interviews?

slickwillie2001 on July 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Obama cannot change laws on a whim like this. Congress will call him on this and force a challenge. Aren’t we already in debt enough? Cash for votes and his toothy smile won’t be enough in November. He will be sent packing.

Amazingoly on July 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM

The candyman

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Obama doesn’t mind creating and reinforcing a freebie grabbing culture – anything to get re-elected. A typical buy votes Democrat.

Chessplayer on July 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM

good grief, we have our share of weirdos, it must the Friday the 13th or something.

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I corrected my position 12 minutes previous, but regardless, your flame was uncalled for.
Your right2bright does not exempt you from being wrong2brude.

topdog on July 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

This is clarifying the choice for voters, do you want a job or to be kept by the government? He keeps saying he has plans to create more jobs, but this just demonstrates that he’s been lying all along.

flataffect on July 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Here

Considering it was 4 pm, and Mitt responded before noon, kind of makes you look a little picky and finicky, doesn’t it?

Embrace your own childish behavior, it takes time to formulate an educated opinion, and make sure all of the facts are known before responding…given that consideration, Mitt acted fast, as he has each time Obama has stuck his foot in his mouth.
You wouldn’t have look so foolish if you had waited…oh wait, he had already responded by the time you began whining. You should have just kept quiet, now we get to laugh at you.

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Someone posted that link up thread and I thanked them for it. Romney’s statement is a start and I’m glad he responded saying something about Obama’s fiat. I expect he’ll hit Obama more in his alphabet network news interviews.

As for childish? Not at all. It’s called a concerned, active, and informed voter. Your condescension and tut-tutting has been duly noted. Enjoy your power trip bud.

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Enjoy your power trip bud.

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

The only power that wrong2brude has is the power to pi55 people off.

topdog on July 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The only power that wrong2brude has is the power to pi55 people off.

topdog on July 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

True. Only if I give him/her the power to do that, but I haven’t. :)

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

And Mitt… ATTACK. Abandon the puritan restraint please, and start to attack like your life depended on it!!

It isn’t his life. It’s the life of the nation.

Come on, Mitt! Come out swinging if you want to win. This is the big one, and half measures just won’t cut it.

hachiban on July 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Clinton signed that bill, saying, “the era of big government is over.”

MJBrutus on July 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

A TRILLION Dollars ??????

My bullsh!t flag just went up.

Rob – Check your numbers.

Here’s a god awful HHS budget doc that says the Federal side of TANF is $16.7B

I can’t believe the local side of funding is anywhere close to this amount.

That said – This really sucks.

Jimmy Doolittle on July 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I checked Rob’s language. 70 programs that cost nearly a trillion. 2 of those programs are Medicare and Medicaid.

Here’s the HHS budget document for all of HHS. $900+ million, most of it Medicare and Medicaid (pie chart on Page 6).

Jimmy Doolittle on July 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Prezzy Open Book just surpassed Mugabe in the power grab dept. This is just as bad as his EO not to follow current immigration laws. He has got to go or we’ll all be going Galt.

Kissmygrits on July 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM

…or we’ll all be going Galt.

Kissmygrits on July 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Who says we haven’t already? Lots of capital just sitting on the sidelines.

topdog on July 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM

The question is.. are there any limits to what O can do by executive order?

anotherJoe on July 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Judging by the silence on the GOP side, no limits at all. Judging by SCOTUS ruling 2 weeks ago, no limits at all.

Isn’t it strange that Newt immediately made a statement, Romney is once again missing in action. As are Boehner and McConnell.

House GOP promised a lawsuit challenging Manchurian’s EO on illegals, its coming any day now. Any day…

Spineless GOP, as responsible for the crap we’re all in as Manchurian. Instead of defunding each and every illegal EO issued, via next day’s vote to defund each and every federal department that complies with illegal EOs. Start defunding small, say $1000 per day, and double that each day a department refuses to abide by the Constitution. I am sure even these morons will stop listening to Manchurian once their paychecks stop.

riddick on July 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM

So, now that there’s no requirement for a TANF recipient to improve their situation, shouldn’t we call it “Permanent Assistance for Needy Families” (PANF)?

CommonSensical on July 13, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Looks like just to be sure no matter what happens come November the Manchurian is going to completely destroy the country, I am sure we’ll see more upcoming EOs completely trumping laws, same as others have done already.

I have yet to hear Romney state, CLEARLY and LOUDLY, that he will rescind each and every illegal EO issued by Manchurian on his first day in the office. I am also betting that a number of these EOs, if not all, WILL STAND, even if Romney wins judging by his complete silence on his campaign trail in regard to illegal EOs. This should be one of the KEY ISSUES Romney MUST run on, they affect economy and jobs just as much, if not more, than everything else.

riddick on July 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

So, now that there’s no requirement for a TANF recipient to improve their situation, shouldn’t we call it “Permanent Assistance for Needy Families” (PANF)?

CommonSensical on July 13, 2012 at 8:02 PM

No, its called: Just Cross the Border and Sign Up Right Here.

The message is loud and clear.

riddick on July 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Another reason why I liked Bill, adulterous weasel though he was. He actually TRIED to reform welfare, to the point where his own side set up such a racket that he had to back off.

MelonCollie on July 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Another reason why I liked Bill, adulterous weasel though he was. He actually TRIED to reform welfare, to the point where his own side set up such a racket that he had to back off.

MelonCollie on July 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

The biggest difference is that Clenis, with all his faults, did not HATE the USA, with PASSION as does Manchurian.

riddick on July 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Another reason why I liked Bill, adulterous weasel though he was. He actually TRIED to reform welfare, to the point where his own side set up such a racket that he had to back off.

MelonCollie on July 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

The biggest difference is that Clenis, with all his faults, did not HATE the USA, with PASSION as does Manchurian.

riddick on July 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

True. Billy wanted a very liberal America, he didn’t want a communist revolution Bill Ayers-style. Little Bammie does.

slickwillie2001 on July 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

The only thing that holds him back from doing whatever he wants is how far he can push the envelope with the American people without causing such a huge backlash they won’t vote for him in November.

With Apologies to Lucas:

“The Emperor has permanently dissolved that body. The last remnants of the old Republic have been swept away!

But how will Emperor Obama maintain control without the Congress?

The State Governors loyal to the Emperor now have direct Control over their Territories. FEAR! Fear of Holder will keep the local States in line.”

Actually you have to give Obama credit. He identified the great weakness in the Constitution. It doesn’t have penalties. No one ever thought that we would elect a person that would really HATE the Country, that would try to break it. That would dare simply erase laws by EO. But it has been incrementalism, each one in and of itself not enough to trigger a backlash other than words. Like handling a dangerous animal. Slowly, carefully, a little at a time.

Seriously, how many here would really get off their butts tomorrow if we had a Reichstag Moment and Obama cancelled delayed elections due to an Emergency? Closed the internet and Patriots were left without any way to organize or communicate? Come on! Who is going to start a war over a small delay of 6 months? But then it becomes a year and then two years…

It has happened before.

Bulletchaser on July 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Another reason why I liked Bill, adulterous weasel though he was. He actually TRIED to reform welfare, to the point where his own side set up such a racket that he had to back off.

MelonCollie on July 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

WHAT!!! You are aware that this was a Republican program that Clinton vetoed 3 times and that only the threat of Congress overriding his veto was enough to force him to sign it?

Where did you go to school??

Bulletchaser on July 13, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Newest EO:

Be it Known all black drug offenders and those who are in prison on drug charges are hereby released by Presidential pardon and are now art of the new American Internal Security Force.

Bulletchaser on July 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Newest EO:

Be it Known all black drug offenders and those who are in prison on drug charges are hereby released by Presidential pardon and are now part of the new American Internal Security Force. IRS enforcing ObamaCare as well any and all EOs issued.

Bulletchaser on July 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

FIFY

riddick on July 13, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I’m going to quit my job and sign up for Section 8 housing. Hope and change!

Philly on July 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Doesn’t the removal of this requirement tend to elevate the one unemployment index – U6? U3? -which tracks those who have given up looking for work? Maybe just in states like Cali where something like 30% of all welfare cases reside?

At any rate, if it does, wouldn’t that tend to draw more attention to a previously under-publicized unemployment index? The base index may improve between now and November, but how smart is it to hand your opponent a way to illustrate an area of employment malaise, and give Gov. Romney a few months to find ways to make this impression stick?

ronco on July 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Just another example of how the Marxist-in-Chief wants the masses dependent on the government.

RonRon on July 14, 2012 at 6:53 AM

Is there no way to block this power grab?

harpman on July 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Someone must file suit to block this power grab. A clear constitutional violation.

JP1986UM on July 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Of all the dog-eating chooming coke freaks we had to elect, we elected the one with the least understinding of prrinciples like “hard work” and “capitalism.”

This guy will, literally, do anything for a vote.

HeatSeeker2011 on July 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Once again, the Usurper does an end run around the legislative authority of Congress, and around the Constitution itself.

This is not just wrong, and illegal. It is dangerous for our Republic. Congress should impeach this would-be emperor for his various misdeeds and offenses to the Constitution which he swore to “preserve, protect and defend.”

hillbillyjim on July 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

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