Contrary to what the progressive liberals (socialists) would have you believe, most Americans, including conservatives, support a safety net for those who fall on hard times.
The difference is that conservatives don’t want welfare to become a way of life.
Bill Clinton, the suddenly moral reprobate that once defiled the White House, was party to one of the few serious bipartisan reforms of government since the Great Society in 1996. Before he wrestled with the definition of “is,” he promised to “end welfare as we know it.” Even Bill recognized that welfare recipients needed better incentives to end dependency on their safety net, such as time limits on cash benefits and asking the able-bodied to work or train to prepare for work. While dire consequences were predicted by the liberal loonies, none were encountered. In fact, caseloads plunged by half, to 5.9 million in 2000 from 12.6 million in 1996. Health and Human Service (HHS) studies revealed hat most found work and saw their incomes rise.
Under economic genius Obama (that’s a joke), HHS has completely undermined these incentives. States can now get a waiver if they want “to test approaches and methods other than those set forth in section 407,” the work requirement provision, including new “definitions of work activities and engagement.”
The HHS waiver is saying they wont enforce the law.
The problem with the waiver is that it is illegal. Congress went to great lengths to ensure that work requirements aren’t subject to waivers. Yet with no more than a paragraph of legal analysis, HHS simply ruled it could suspend enforcement of laws that Obama does not like.
Once again, Obama doesn’t like the score, so he just changed the rules.
***Ed Randazzo, is a nationally syndicated author. He has been a conservative activist and consultant for over 30 years and is currently the Chief News Editor of Life and Liberty Media and Co-Producer of Liberty Today, a weekly television program seen on cable systems in most of South Dakota***
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