Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services released a memo that the agency would be waiving some of the work requirements, completely bypassing Congress.
When Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House of Representatives and began enacting “The Contract With America in 1996, welfare reform was a cornerstone with the goals of getting benefit recipients to both get off welfare and contribute to society in some way.
The work program requires individuals on welfare to work for thirty-five hours, in order to receive a check. Activities that count towards the thirty-five hours may include volunteering, for an organization such as Habitat for Humanity, training in a vocational program, or job searching.
Perhaps more troubling than this finding is that we have a U.S. “Resident,” who believes he is the only arm of government and can do what he likes by executive fiat understanding that congress will not stop him.
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Gutting Republicans’ greatest recent achievement — welfare reform requiring recipients to eventually go to work — is, like ObamaCare, a dose of addictive government dependency. Hail to the Pusher-in-Chief.
Some years back, New York magazine profiled a leading crystal-meth dealer, whom they called “Nick.”
Nick said the key to success as a drug pusher was to “Sell to many users in small quantities.” He said, “If you sell by scoops, you’ll make a couple thousand dollars, but if you break it down into quarter grams and work for a few days, you’ll make tens of thousands.” Complete article below.
The signature theme of Barack Obama’s presidency is getting millions more Americans addicted to more government, often a little bit at a time. Pushing the big government drug is everywhere in Obama domestic policy. High joblessness from his own policies justifies an unprecedented level of extended unemployment benefits, an approach even Paul Krugman concedes “reduces a worker’s incentive to quickly find a new job.”
ObamaCare is increasing health insurance costs — up 9% for an average family from 2010 to 2011 according to the Kaiser Family Foundation — after Obama sold it as a means of accomplishing the opposite, and it looks increasingly like the slippery slope to single-payer.
Undoing welfare reform is just another way to get more government dependency into Americans’ veins. Obama’s Health and Human Services department says waiving work requirements will give states flexibility. But soon-to-be GOP nominee Mitt Romney is right to call this what it is: the gutting of the 1996 welfare reform.
Heritage Foundation senior fellow Robert Rector in National Review points to liberals’ well-worn “camouflage tactics: They publicly praised workfare while seeking to murder it behind the scenes.”
Treating the reform law passed by a Republican Congress and signed by President Clinton, as “a blank slate,” as Rector puts it, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her bureaucracy “states that it will not approve policy initiatives that are ‘likely to reduce access to aid.’ Translation: HHS will oppose any policy that reduces welfare caseloads.”
Even more troubling, Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution, a senior congressional aide in 1996 deeply involved in drafting the law, told Investor’s Business Daily of HHS’ move, “I thought it was illegal at first,” but he recently “talked to the lawyers at HHS and they convinced me that there is a problem in the drafting” of the law and that “they exploited the loophole — therefore I think there’s a separation of powers issue here” that may well end up in federal court. (Haskins hastens to point out that he’s no lawyer.)
Can Americans tolerate another fours years of the White House pushing addictive big government?