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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This dolt is going to give away everything we have and have worked for if he isn’t stopped.

rplat on July 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

The GOP’s fear of impeaching the first black president (although Morgan Freeman is now calling him the first half-white mixed president, and says he’s still waiting for the first REAL black president) is allowing Obama to set a whole lot of very dangerous precedents. Now any president can disregard the constitution and just point back to Obama as justification.

The Rogue Tomato on July 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I can’t understand what has happened to people. Are they too busy keeping up with the Kardashians to recognize that the Constitution is being run through a shredder?

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Don’t worry. The conservative media won’t let him get away with it. Why, right now the Drudge Report is airing an 18 hour old non-story about weak Condi for VP rumors. That’ll show him!

Gingotts on July 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Would it be too much of a stretch to think that part of the motivation behind this is a growing animosity Obama has toward Bill Clinton? Welfare reform was a big part of Clinton’s legacy, and I’m sure BO is quite aware of that.

In any case, I really don’t think that Obama wants Clinton on his bad side. I wasn’t a fan of Bill Clinton to say the least, but I believe he is a hell of a lot better political tactician than is Obama, and could devastate his campaign if Obama really pisses him off.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Clinton never wanted this reform, it was forced on him to win election…he may grumble just to save face, but not really care.
The irony, it was one of his landmark policies.

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Except that his ego is tied up in it…legacy thingy

If Newt goes on a media roll talkin’ up how he and Clinton worked in a bi-partisan way on a successful policy yada yada yada…It will get Clinton’s goat.

If Clinton remains silent about it…that speaks volumes…but I doubt he’ll stay silent if Newt goads him.

And Newt is pretty good at that

You betcha!

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Reign of Terror comes come only the right, don’t’cha know.
Axelgrease said so.

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Rush is talking about this now. “Let there be no doubt that this economic disaster is not intentional.” Jeepers, he came on like a ball of fire. I was worried about his blood pressure.

petefrt on July 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

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.”

Perhaps, but he’s helping himself win re-election by pandering to the lazy vote- and isn’t that what’s really important?

Browncoatone on July 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

The GOP’s fear of impeaching the first black president (although Morgan Freeman is now calling him the first half-white mixed president, and says he’s still waiting for the first REAL black president) is allowing Obama to set a whole lot of very dangerous precedents. Now any president can disregard the constitution and just point back to Obama as justification.

Not really….just let the next GOP president, if we get one, do what Obama has been doing, but in the course of conservatism and against dem preferred policy while rewarding cronies, and just watch how fast impeachment proceeding blaze through the House and Senate. While dems bend over backwards to protect their own, the GOP more often tends to bend over backwards to prosecute their own.

hawkeye54 on July 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Enabling his base, the dependence class.

bayview on July 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Cloward-Piven Strategy.

iurockhead on July 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Newt Gingrich reacts to Obama’s welfare waiver: ‘Almost certainly illegal’
Published: 11:47 AM 07/13/2012
By Justin Green

Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who led efforts to reform welfare in the 1990s, had this to say about Barack Obama’s decision to suspend TANF’s work requirements:

Obama’s suspension of workfare requirements is almost certainly illegal, a sign of the jobs failure, and a reminder how liberal obama is

— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 13, 2012

And this:

President clinton and the republican congress created a bipartisan work oriented reform of welfare. Obama has single handedly destroyed it

— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 13, 2012

Follow Justin on Twitter

http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/13/newt-gingrich-reacts-to-obamas-welfare-waiver-almost-certainly-illegal/

CoffeeLover on July 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Don’t worry. The conservative media won’t let him get away with it. Why, right now the Drudge Report is airing an 18 hour old non-story about weak Condi for VP rumors. That’ll show him!

Gingotts on July 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I just checked Drudge. That same stupid sensationalistic headline is still there.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I know that every vote counts, but really, how many votes does obama think he is going to buy with this idiotic move? The baby-mill crack-mommas and illegals that this will “help” are already going to vote for obama – so, what’s the point (other than expanding wealth-redistribution of course)?

Pork-Chop on July 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

This dolt is going to give away everything we have and have worked for if he isn’t stopped.

rplat on July 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

~~~~~~~~~

Yep, no kidding. Geez, I am so fearful that our country will survive the next 6 months, never mind another 4 years of Obama!

ellifint on July 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Hey, come get the hard earned US American taxes, if you’re lagal or illegal aliens.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

but he’s helping himself win re-election by pandering to the lazy vote- and isn’t that what’s really important?

Yes of course…the lazy, stupid and ignorant voting blocs do wonders for dem pols.

“Lazy, stupid, ignorant, and democrat…and proud of it!”

hawkeye54 on July 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

There is also an article on The Daily Caller citing Boehner, Orin Hatch and Jordon reactions:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/13/hhs-to-offer-waivers-for-tanf-work-requirement/2/

CoffeeLover on July 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

This is a LAW, not a rule. Secondly, it has WORKED, marvelously well as Clinton has acknowledged many times.

pat on July 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Rush on a roll…

Buy Danish on July 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

old chinese proverb:

If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a day

If you addict him to unconditional welfare, you own his arse!

olesparkie on July 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

The latest maneuver is particularly alarming given the rising number of Americans who rely on the government for aid.

Uh, alarming? To whom? This is, like, part of the plan isn’t it?

DaveDief on July 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Newt Gingrich reacts to Obama’s welfare waiver: ‘Almost certainly illegal’
Published: 11:47 AM 07/13/2012
By Justin Green

Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who led efforts to reform welfare in the 1990s, had this to say about Barack Obama’s decision to suspend TANF’s work requirements:

Obama’s suspension of workfare requirements is almost certainly illegal, a sign of the jobs failure, and a reminder how liberal obama is

— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 13, 2012

And this:

President clinton and the republican congress created a bipartisan work oriented reform of welfare. Obama has single handedly destroyed it

— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 13, 2012

Follow Justin on Twitter

http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/13/newt-gingrich-reacts-to-obamas-welfare-waiver-almost-certainly-illegal/

CoffeeLover on July 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM


Release the Newt!

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

So now my tax dollars go for people who don’t even TRY to better their lives? Awesome.

I’m seeing my liberal in-laws this weekend and if I hear one crack about Romney, the verbal barrage that will go down will be positively stunning.

CommonSensical on July 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Newt Gingrich reacts to Obama’s welfare waiver: ‘Almost certainly illegal’

~snip~

CoffeeLover on July 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

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I was wondering, too…just HOW can he do this?! Seriously, what can he NOT do, in his minds’ eye? I think he might be the most reckless, lawless president ever, and I don’t say that lightly.

ellifint on July 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Obama is the Cash for Clunkers Pimp and

The Food Stamps Madam (as in whorehouse), all in one.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

This is not a bug, it’s a feature. Obama loves it when a plan comes together. More free checks for his voters!! Suck it, taxpayers!

goflyers on July 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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.

He seems to be doing a lot of that “ignoring the will of the Congress” stuff recently! I’m waiting for the “President for Life” decree. I just know it’s coming!!!!

Boats48 on July 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

how many votes does obama think he is going to buy with this idiotic move? The baby-mill crack-mommas and illegals that this will “help” are already going to vote for obama – so, what’s the point (other than expanding wealth-redistribution of course)?

Expanding wealth-redistribution continues to be the key, making just enough voters taxpayer revenue dependent is calculated to work in getting Obama a second term so he can continue to implement his wonderful policies eventually transforming the republic to that splendid utopia he and his cohorts envision, with them in charge – forever.

hawkeye54 on July 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Ah yes, his goal to destroy America as we know it is on track. He is using the lack of jobs and poor economy as an excuse. What will he do when so few are working that there is almost no money coming in for him to redistribute? We will be seeing demonstrations like those in Greece from those who have been conditioned to rely on the government to provide their food, shelter, medical care without them having to do much of anything but fill out a form. Funny how so many people can figure out how to get their entitlements but (we are told) can’t figure out how to get a photo ID unless it is for getting alcohol, flying, etc.

lukjuj on July 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

This is a LAW, not a rule. Secondly, it has WORKED, marvelously well as Clinton has acknowledged many times.

pat on July 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Now that Newt is prepping for his media storm on this issue…How can Bill Clinton resist we much as the historic bi-partisan legacy prezident?

Team Obama is flailing

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

He seems to be doing a lot of that “ignoring the will of the Congress” stuff recently! I’m waiting for the “President for Life” decree. I just know it’s coming!!!!

Obama gets a second term and you may have your wish in January…just after the swearing in ceremony.

hawkeye54 on July 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

So why isn’t Romney hitting Obama harder on these power grabs? Is he trying to preserve the ability to have his own imperial presidency?

Mark1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

So Newt Gingrich is going to be our media pointman on this. Yeah, that’ll help.

Mark1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Well, I’m flabbergasted! I never knew there was a work requirement for welfare recipients. I thought it was their dream to go on welfare and get a “handicapped” hang tag. /bayam

AubieJon on July 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I have worked with TANF clients and as a whole they are a very difficult population to move from welfare to “worthfare”. Any major change requires “an emotionally compelling reason” and in this case TANF clients are comparable to addicts. They need to be “detoxed” from a dependency on government money and services. This is painful for most but there is no other effective substitute for recovery of dignity and self-worth. It is simply impossible to teach most people to fish if they can get them for free.
By their “transparent” actions, this Democrat administration has declared itself to be the biggest most powerful welfare drug cartel in America. It is government sponsored social evil.
Randy

williars on July 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Can his reversal be reversed?

p*ick

tru2tx on July 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I also agree this is Cloward and Pivan at its best! Just collapse the system.

I also recall Nancy Pelosi during h/c saying that now artists and others can pursue their dreams without having to worry about healthcare and its costs!

Esh

CoffeeLover on July 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

So why isn’t Romney hitting Obama harder on these power grabs? Is he trying to preserve the ability to have his own imperial presidency?

Mark1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Romney is playing a disciplined game.

Issues like this rally the GOP and could attract independents.

Let Newt start the ball rollin…see the defense strategy of the opposition…

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

So why isn’t Romney hitting Obama harder on these power grabs? Is he trying to preserve the ability to have his own imperial presidency?

Mark1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Bro, your snipes at Romney are childish at best and do not help anything. You are boring.

VegasRick on July 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Clinton announces – “It’s the end of welfare as we know it.”

Giggles, the benevolent god-king announces – “It’s the end of welfare reform as we know it.”

crazy_legs on July 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

This guy does not believe in the rule of law! How real Americans can still support him is way beyond my ability to comprehend! Obviously, he believes that the primary role of the state is wealth redistribution and that the more he accomplishes, the better his chances for reelection.

At what point do people who believe in this country match his penchant for illegal activity and demand his removal from office? This is simply outrageous!

theosdad on July 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Mitt needs to pick up the phone and have a chat with Newt..today.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Vote for me! I’m giving away free Obama money from my stash!

The Rogue Tomato on July 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

So Newt Gingrich is going to be our media pointman on this. Yeah, that’ll help.

Mark1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Plays to Newt’s strength with the media…which he demonstrated during the debates.

Keeps Newt focused & goads Clinton to either defend Obama or stick it to him to defend his own legacy.

Obama polls worse than Carer among the workingclass democrats…He hates that he needs Bill Clinton to shoreup that fracture and appease moderate independents.

Obama called Clinton a racist in the 2008 primaries…now he dismantles a signature bi-partisan success of the Clinton Administration.

What’s Bill Clinton gonna say..that Newt held him hostage?

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

ignoring the will of Congress

Good gracious. The man is going to destroy our country in four years.

Granted I started listening to Rush regularly 10 years ago, I’ve NEVER seen Rush this animated in his opening monologue. He knows that Obama’s actions are illegal and *evil*.

Will crying Boehner and wimpy McDonnell get a spine and say something? What about the GOP potus candidate Romney? Anyone? Bueller?

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Obama is frantically going after the parasite vote. This country is sick.

rplat on July 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Can you say REPARATIONS ?

jan3 on July 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

PimpnMadam™

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Romney is playing a disciplined game.

Issues like this rally the GOP and could attract independents.

Let Newt start the ball rollin…see the defense strategy of the opposition…

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Disciplined? Silence on ANOTHER unconstitutional power grab by a man who views the President imperially is acceptable by you? If nobody is talking about this unconstitutional power grab, then how exactly is the base getting rallied?

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

ignoring the will of Congress

Good gracious. The man is going to destroy our country in four years.

Granted I started listening to Rush regularly 10 years ago, I’ve NEVER seen Rush this animated in his opening monologue. He knows that Obama’s actions are illegal and *evil*.

Will crying Boehner and wimpy McDonnell get a spine and say something? What about the GOP potus candidate Romney? Anyone? Bueller?

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Imagine a united GOP Front defending a signature successful bi-partisan policy of the Clinton Administration…And winning Independents doing it.

Works for me

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Except that his ego is tied up in it…legacy thingy

If Newt goes on a media roll talkin’ up how he and Clinton worked in a bi-partisan way on a successful policy yada yada yada…It will get Clinton’s goat.

If Clinton remains silent about it…that speaks volumes…but I doubt he’ll stay silent if Newt goads him.

And Newt is pretty good at that

You betcha!

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Agreed…Newt is the perfect “bad guy” for Mitt’s campaign. He can do what Carville did for Clinton. He doesn’t have to be liked, just give good sound bites.

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I went to check out CNN to see if they had any coverage. Nope. MSNBC? Nada.

Welfare Laws? Never heard of it.

Bias via omission.

WisRich on July 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Then the House needs to defund the TANF program until the work requirements are reinstated.

Frank Drebin on July 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Clinton never wanted this reform, it was forced on him to win election…he may grumble just to save face, but not really care.
The irony, it was one of his landmark policies.

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Clinton vetoed it twice, but finally signed it when it was brought to him in an election year.

itsnotaboutme on July 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Disciplined? Silence on ANOTHER unconstitutional power grab by a man who views the President imperially is acceptable by you? If nobody is talking about this unconstitutional power grab, then how exactly is the base getting rallied?

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 12:39 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

Imagine a united GOP Front defending a signature successful bi-partisan policy of the Clinton Administration…And winning Independents doing it.

Works for me

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Ok. I can imagine it, but I prefer reality. When does this rally start?

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Disciplined? Silence on ANOTHER unconstitutional power grab by a man who views the President imperially is acceptable by you? If nobody is talking about this unconstitutional power grab, then how exactly is the base getting rallied?

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Romney’s goal is to win both independents and as many Clinton Democrats as he can…not placate the base.

He’ll let the surrogates respond first & Newt is the top dog on this one.

Releasing the Newt is a good strategy.

He’s the GOP nominee.

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Obama’s suspension of workfare requirements is almost certainly illegal, a sign of the jobs failure, and a reminder how liberal obama is

— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 13, 2012

Obama was probably emboldened by the weak response to his prior power grab on the immigration issue. He knows damn well that the execuive branch refusing to enforce immigration laws against a huge class of illegal aliens is not a valid exercise of “prosecutorial discretion.” But he got away with it, because Congress is so pathetically afraid of doing or saying anything that might alienate hispanic voters.

Now Emperor Obama will just “waive” the enforcement of any laws he doesn’t personally agree with, and the cowardly Congress and Senate will do nothing to stop his lawlessness.

AZCoyote on July 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Can his reversal be reversed?

p*ick

tru2tx on July 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Yes.

ʞɔı*d

Bmore on July 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Clinton vetoed it twice, but finally signed it when it was brought to him in an election year.

itsnotaboutme on July 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Exactly, he will give a customary, “that’s a shame” but not really care unless he is goaded by someone like Newt as workingclass artist pointed out.

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 12:44 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

The GOP’s fear of impeaching the first black president (although Morgan Freeman is now calling him the first half-white mixed president, and says he’s still waiting for the first REAL black president) is allowing Obama to set a whole lot of very dangerous precedents.

How about we just impeach the white half?

petefrt on July 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Clinton vetoed it twice, but finally signed it when it was brought to him in an election year.

itsnotaboutme on July 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM

So Clinton is gonna say Newt held him hostage?

Don’t think so.

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Hey Gov Perry this particular Texan (and many of my friends) are ready to secede. I’m ready to be from the Republic of Texas, let’s go!

neyney on July 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

First thought: Impeach the guy!

Second thought: I can’t imagine why people are upset about this.

Just imagine the progress President Romney will make on Day One, now, with his promised “ObamaCare Executive Order”. B-bye IPAB Death Panels! So long tax increases!

In fact, the whole friggin 2000+ pages will (by Executive Order) get the Bin Laden treatment and be dropped somewhere in the Indian Ocean. And, sure, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews and the other scumbertariat will go nuts. Sure, there will be ponderous talk about the “rule of law” and Article 1 of the Constitution.

But in the end, they’ll all have to simply lump it.

MTF on July 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Romney’s goal is to win both independents and as many Clinton Democrats as he can…not placate the base.

Good luck with that strategy. Take the base for granted.

He’ll let the surrogates respond first & Newt is the top dog on this one.

Releasing the Newt is a good strategy.

I wouldn’t expect anything less than Newt calling Obama out on this. But as a surrogate of the Romney campaign? When did that happen?

He’s the GOP nominee.

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

If Romney doesn’t call out Obama on this someone time today, then he’s too “disciplined” and he’s running a lousy campaign. YMMV.

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Question is what will congress and especially the Republicans do other than whine to the news media and write letters to HHS.

If there is no authority in the law for granting wavers take Sibelius to court.

Nomas on July 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM

So Clinton is gonna say Newt held him hostage?

Don’t think so.

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I’ll bet if you asked Clinton about Welfare Reform, he would look you straight in the eye and tell you it was 100% his idea.

I’m pretty sure Bill ain’t happy about this.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

But as a surrogate of the Romney campaign? When did that happen?
conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Well I didn’t mean to say Newt is a formal surrogate of the Romney campaign..more like a Team GOP cheerleader kind of thingy

Besides I like to see Newt mix it up when it’s an issue he can stay focused on and this issue is perfect fodder for Newt

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

was wondering, too…just HOW can he do this?! Seriously, what can he NOT do, in his minds’ eye? I think he might be the most reckless, lawless president ever, and I don’t say that lightly.

ellifint on July 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

My take? I think he knows this won’t fly. He’s simply using it to pacify his so-called base and gather all those far lefties who have been criticizing him back into the fold. This is a campaign strategy. But unfortunately for the country this idiot has forgotten that being a President isn’t just holding the office and getting the preks and praise.
I’m curious to see Clinton defend this slap in the face.

Deanna on July 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM

So Clinton is gonna say Newt held him hostage?

Don’t think so.

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I’ll bet if you asked Clinton about Welfare Reform, he would look you straight in the eye and tell you it was 100% his idea.

I’m pretty sure Bill ain’t happy about this.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Yep

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM

It’s no coincidence that this is timed to occur right when Bain is the topic de jour. If Romney opposes the dismantling of welfare reform, you know what comes next. He’ll be portrayed as a country club vulture capitalist who doesn’t care about poor people.

Maybe surrogates are the way to go.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Well I didn’t mean to say Newt is a formal surrogate of the Romney campaign..more like a Team GOP cheerleader kind of thingy

Besides I like to see Newt mix it up when it’s an issue he can stay focused on and this issue is perfect fodder for Newt

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Understood. I agree with you about Newt. He articulates problems well and is a good attack dog. The Romney camp needs to utilize him more.

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

What a huge mistake, unless of course he doesn’t care about the problem. Much of the time long term TANF recipients are not an employers first choice. Because of that Welfare to Work funding is used to give recipients job seeking skills, resume workshops, computer classes, other specific job training, and placements where they can begin to build a work history. Many even phase in to real jobs by doing on the job training with an actual employer for a contracted time to prove themselves competent and reliable.

I remember I had a client who got his GED and then his CDL liscense. His wife got office training and used a work placement to get a permanent job. They came back to thank those people who helped them and the woman cried when she said, she took her kids to a local grape festival and they could buy treats and ride rides for the first time. They both moved from TANF to real jobs that required real skills. Work rules motivate them and they find that accomplishments build confidence and work gives them dignity.

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

magicbeans on July 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I also recall Nancy Pelosi during h/c saying that now artists and others can pursue their dreams without having to worry about healthcare and its costs!

Esh

CoffeeLover on July 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

what she said was actually most idiotic than that, she said that people who always have always dreamt of becoming artists, etc but who were ‘forced’ into different other jobs to make a living, can now leave those jobs and follow their ‘artistic’ dreams without worrying about health care, paying the bills, etc…

jimver on July 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

It’s no coincidence that this is timed to occur right when Bain is the topic de jour. If Romney opposes the dismantling of welfare reform, you know what comes next. He’ll be portrayed as a country club vulture capitalist who doesn’t care about poor people.

Maybe surrogates are the way to go.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Maybe I’m an optimist, but I don’t see everyone receiving unemployment wanting to stay there. I bet a large percentage would like to have a FT job and get back in the work force to thrive. Obama is appealing to the parasites of our country. Sad, sad, sad.

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Nothing Constitutional about it.
Also probably not really a monarchy so much as dictatorship.

dentarthurdent on July 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Totally agree. Was being facetious.

I’ve contacted every Rep I can think of about this, and am trying to set up a phone conversation with my State Attorney General, Lt. Governor and Governor to discuss with them that this (in my opinion) is the last straw. If our Congresspeople cannot or will not stand up and do what’s right, its time for the States to stand up and say “STOP”.

It’s not a party issue – this is an American way of life issue.

KMC1 on July 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Using some people’s money to buy other people’s votes.

petefrt on July 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

FDR is the king of this.
He knew Social Security would buy the votes of Democrats forever.
He was right.
So when you talk about the ‘Greatest Generation’, please think back to what they left us.

Badger40 on July 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

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.

Sorta sounds like that ‘we sure wouldn’t wanna require IDs for voting’, now, would we ?
SUCH A RACIST, DISENFRANCHISING REGULATION !!!!
Wait for it …

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I’m curious to see Clinton defend this slap in the face.

Deanna on July 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM

If Newt defends this I don’t see how Clinton can defend Obama’s decision without lookin’ like a fool.

If Clinton remains silent…It’s bad for Obama.

It will be interesting fo’ sure

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Headlines:

Obama promises chicken in every pot, a car in every garage!!

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Romney hits Obama move gutting welfare reform

By Byron York

http://t.co/jQ7ZAvhA

Naturally Curly on July 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Headlines:

Obama promises chicken in every pot, a car in every garage!!

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Yeah…But Obama will fail

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Maybe I’m an optimist, but I don’t see everyone receiving unemployment wanting to stay there. I bet a large percentage would like to have a FT job and get back in the work force to thrive. Obama is appealing to the parasites of our country. Sad, sad, sad.

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I think that the Obama coalition is is being put together in two basic ways. One, by pandering to the core constituencies of the Democratic party with executive orders that amount to nothing more than Constitutional usurpation. Two, politically correct guilt peddling.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

So when you talk about the ‘Greatest Generation’, please think back to what they left us.

Badger40 on July 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

The greatest generation was comprised of the young men in the 1940s who went to war, and the women who worked in armament factories while taking care of the family. It was the old men of that time that gave us the entitlement society.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM

This man thinks he is king with absolute authority by divine right of his teleprompter reading skills instead of an elected, TEMPORARY President of a Republic beholden to laws.

wildcat72 on July 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Rush is understandably on fire, and thankfully clarifying the ILlegality of this whole pile of shiite.

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Romney hits Obama move gutting welfare reform

By Byron York

http://t.co/jQ7ZAvhA

Naturally Curly on July 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Thanks for the link…Romney defends Clinton…lol…

Perfect! Drives a serous wedgie in the opposition.

From your link:

“…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.

Friday morning, with Obama’s action still largely unreported, Romney released a statement calling Obama’s move “completely misdirected.”

“President Obama now wants to strip the established work requirements from welfare,” Romney said. “The success of bipartisan welfare reform, passed under President Clinton, has rested on the obligation of work. The president’s action is completely misdirected. Work is a dignified endeavor, and the linkage of work and welfare is essential to prevent welfare from becoming a way of life.”

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Maybe I’m an optimist, but I don’t see everyone receiving unemployment wanting to stay there. I bet a large percentage would like to have a FT job and get back in the work force to thrive. Obama is appealing to the parasites of our country. Sad, sad, sad.

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I’m not sure because I haven’t read the directive. But my understanding is that this only affects the TANF program(formerly ADC.) People on unemployment aren’t required to work only look for it, which isn’t really enforced much either.

The TANF program is only people with children and required working for up to 30 hours a week. Many of these jobs were at non-profits like Goodwill and the Salvation Army. These employers received tax credits for being in the program, so this is going to hurt them too.

Deanna on July 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Free Air Conditioners Too!

It’s Not Just Free Cell Phones… The Government Is Handing Out Free Air Conditioners Too

slickwillie2001 on July 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM

The Department of Health and Human Services notified states Thursday that Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would consider waivers “to allow states to test alternative and innovative strategies, policies, and procedures that are designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families.”
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/07/republicans-cry-foul-over-obama-welfare-revisions/1

The new policy would allow states to embark on their own welfare reform projects, during which they would be able to waive enforcement of the work mandate. Such projects would last no longer than five years.
But Republicans are slamming the decision as an executive overreach and a major step toward undoing bipartisan reforms achieved during the Clinton administration.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/13/romney-slams-obama-welfare-waiver-move/

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

was wondering, too…just HOW can he do this?! Seriously, what can he NOT do, in his minds’ eye? I think he might be the most reckless, lawless president ever, and I don’t say that lightly.

ellifint on July 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

My take? I think he knows this won’t fly. He’s simply using it to pacify his so-called base and gather all those far lefties who have been criticizing him back into the fold. This is a campaign strategy. But unfortunately for the country this idiot has forgotten that being a President isn’t just holding the office and getting the preks and praise.
I’m curious to see Clinton defend this slap in the face.

Deanna on July 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM

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That’s an interesting take, and you might be right…it will pacify them and should be enough to keep them in line, I suppose…I am also anxiously awaiting Clintons’ reaction.

ellifint on July 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Romney hits Obama move gutting welfare reform

By Byron York

http://t.co/jQ7ZAvhA

Naturally Curly on July 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Thanks for the link!

Deanna on July 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM

The ripple effects of this fiat will be devastating. I pray that Obama’s destruction can be undone, at the very least STOPPED.

conservative pilgrim on July 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I think that the Obama coalition is is being put together in two basic ways. One, by pandering to the core constituencies of the Democratic party with executive orders that amount to nothing more than Constitutional usurpation. Two, politically correct guilt peddling.

Reggie1971 on July 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

so the GOP can split the Catholic Vote 26%

If Romney say chooses Condi for VP he can split the Women vote

And maybe split the Clinton Democrats vote…leaving Obama with the fringes

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I can’t seem to open that foundry.org original report page to open.
It did, earlier.
Maybe just cuz Rush has referred to it, and overloaded ??

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Congress needs to start writing laws with a section that declares the law, or any part of it, cannot be impeded or invalidated by executive order.

Liam on July 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

THIS law was written like that. The only things that could be waived were in a certain section, and this work requirement was purposely not put in that section so it could not be waived. So not only did Obama illegally go around congress, HHS disregarded the way the law was written in doing so.

Night Owl on July 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

As long as he is cool with letting his daughters live at home with no job, no expenses, or consequences for mom and dad paying for EVERYTHING in their lives, then I’ll say he’s no hypocrite. Until then…

rocker98 on July 13, 2012 at 1:33 PM

NAACP all smiles…

PatriotRider on July 13, 2012 at 1:33 PM

THIS law was written like that. The only things that could be waived were in a certain section, and this work requirement was purposely not put in that section so it could not be waived. So not only did Obama illegally go around congress, HHS disregarded the way the law was written in doing so.

Night Owl on July 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Agreed.

Obama is trying to use the conservative argument of returning power to the states by using executive fiat?

Works to confuse the ignorant…Interesting since the liberal media has been touting Clintonian Welfare Reform as a big democratic win win for quite a while now

Another basic “Bead & Circuses” tactic that won’t work

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

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