Obama Guts Welfare Reform

This is from the Heritage Foundation, Robert Rector, who has been at Heritage probably longer than Obama’s been alive. Bob Rector. He’s done some of the best work on poverty in this country as compared to poverty around the world. If you have taken my advice and become a Heritage member, you need to search and absorb some of the work of Bob Rector, R-e-c-t-o-r. Kiki Bradley also helped put together this report: “Obama Guts Welfare Reform.” It’s from yesterday.

“The Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996.” The welfare reform law of 1996 was put together in Congress, where all laws are put together. Bill Clinton vetoed it two or three times. Finally, he signed it as part of his need to get reelected in 1996. And when he signed it, finally, a bunch of Democrats, led by the Reverend Jackson, demanded that he change it after the election. But he didn’t. It was left intact. It has been working. It requires work or an attempt to work in order to qualify for welfare payments.

“The new policy guts the federal work requirements that were the foundation of the reform law. The Obama directive bludgeons the letter and intent of the actual reform legislation. Welfare reform replaced the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children.” That was the program where a mother got paid for every child she had, whether the husband was around or not. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the husband wasn’t around. The federal government became the husband and the provider. It became profitable to have babies and it was a program out of control. Welfare reform fixed it, and AFDC became welfare reform. The actual name of the welfare reform law is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. TANF is the acronym.



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