King Obama Guts Another Law by Fiat (not the car)

Our steamed President wannabe dictator, has voided a section of the Welfare Reform Law that was hammered out through Compromise between a Republican Congress and President Clinton. Our steamed President wannabe dictator along with the compliant HHS secretary gutted the law by Fiat. Well, he just rewrote it to fit his desires and told Congress to go to HELL. I lost track of how many laws Dick-Tater BO has broken so far, but he is certainly on his way to become Hugo Chavez.

NATION REVIEW ONLINE

Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It

By Robert Rector & Katherine Bradley
July 12, 2012 7:00 P.M.

This afternoon, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive undermining the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that have been the foundation of that law — one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the 20th century.

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The welfare reform law was very successful. In the four decades prior to welfare reform, the welfare caseload never experienced a significant decline. But, in the four years after welfare reform, the caseload dropped by nearly half. Employment surged and child poverty among blacks and single mothers plummeted to historic lows. What was the catalyst for these improvements? Rigorous new federal work requirements contained in TANF.

Contrary to some perceptions, the formula that made welfare reform a success was not giving state governments more flexibility in operating federally funded welfare programs. The active ingredient that made the difference was requiring state governments to implement those rigorous new federal work standards.

Today the Obama administration issued a dramatic new directive stating that the traditional TANF work requirements will be waived or overridden by a legal device called a section 1115 waiver authority under the Social Security law (42 U.S.C. 1315).

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The result is the end of welfare reform as we know it.

— Robert Rector, a leading authority on poverty and the welfare system, is senior research fellow in domestic policy at the Heritage Foundation. Katherine (Kiki) Bradley, former associate director of the federal TANF program, is research fellow in Heritage’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society.

read it all here:
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/309300/obama-ends-welfare-reform-we-know-it-robert-rector

8 Comments

  1. One would have thought that he’d have waited until after the election. Governor Bill Clinton (D-AR) ran, in part, on serious welfare reform, and if conservatives doubted that he really meant it, the Republican takeover of Congress in the 1994 elections led to the passage of welfare reform legislation which he twice vetoed, but finally signed . . . as the 1996 election approached. President Clinton did a great job of co-opting some Republican themes, welfare reform being one of them, and he coasted to an easy re-election victory.

    Today we have President Obama, already the creator of a huge new welfare entitlement in the health care reform law, now gutting the welfare reform act President Clinton signed into law. We can count on Governor Romney to hang this new millstone around President Obama’s neck, because, if he doesn’t, the millstone of ever greater welfare payments will be hung around our necks.

  2. How long will this country stand for this blatant law breaker. If you bother to read the full text, there is NO exception to do what he did. And now, Kathleen Sabilius is either witttingly or unwittingly an accomplice in this blatant act. It would take Eric Withholder to cite this guy, but Withholder is deep in BO’s back pocket that he would kiss BO’s backside if commanded to do so.

  3. I was reading about this earlier and you are right, Yorkshire. There was no exceptions or waivers built into the welfare law, for a specific reason. They wanted to prevent a circumvention of said law by future lawmakers and it has worked great for almost 20 years. Until we have a President who believes he can make law, just by saying it is so. I hope Romney tears him a new one for this.

  4. Did Obama forget make up a nice little story for us to go along with his dictatorial decree? You know, a little honey around the rim of the cup makes the hemlock go down easier.

    And, I do so look forward to his entertaining fictions. The one about sitting in Reverend Wright’s racist church for 20 years without ever hearing a discouragin’ word is still my sentimental favorite.

  5. ropelight says:
    July 14, 2012 at 13:22

    Did Obama forget make up a nice little story for us to go along with his dictatorial decree? You know, a little honey around the rim of the cup makes the hemlock go down easier.

    No, he just told Sabilius, now an accomplice to the crime, to do it. If Sabilius had scruples, she should have said “NO” and resigned. But then again, a Dem having Scruples? HAHAHAHAHAHA

  6. LD Jackson says:
    July 14, 2012 at 06:34

    I was reading about this earlier and you are right, Yorkshire. There was no exceptions or waivers built into the welfare law, for a specific reason. They wanted to prevent a circumvention of said law by future lawmakers and it has worked great for almost 20 years. Until we have a President who believes he can make law, just by saying it is so. I hope Romney tears him a new one for this.

    Just wait until AG Withholder tackles this. Well…….. That’s all we’ll do is wait.

  7. SAY WHAT????? This has got to be a joke, or BO is way more incompetent than we realized.

    Obama, after gutting welfare reform: ‘Americans can’t be looking for handouts’

    Joel Gehrke
    Commentary Writer Washington Examiner

    President Obama, one day after reversing the Bill Clinton-era welfare reform by severing the connection between work and welfare assistance, warned a Virginia crowd that “Americans can’t be looking for handouts.”

    “Americans can’t be looking for handouts,” Obama said during a campaign stop in Virginia. “There are some folks you can’t help if they’re not willing to help themselves.” Moments later, he invoked former President Clinton as a model for economic leadership: “Bill Clinton did it, and we ended up having 23 million new jobs,” Obama added.

    But he was referring to Clinton’s tax policy, not the welfare reform bill undermined by his Department of Health and Human Services yesterday. HHS informed states that they may “test alternative and innovative strategies, policies and procedures that are designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families,” rather than enforce the work requirements attached to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

    “Obama’s suspension of workfare requirements is almost certainly illegal, a sign of the jobs failure, and a reminder how liberal [O]bama is,” Newt Gingrich, who negotiated the welfare reform with Clinton as House Speaker in 1996, said in a tweet.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-after-gutting-welfare-reform-americans-cant-be-looking-for-handouts/article/2502100

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