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Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It
National Review ^ | 07/14/2012 | Robert Rector & Katherine Bradley

Posted on 07/14/2012 7:53:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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.

Welfare reform replaced the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children with a new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The underlying concept of welfare reform was that able-bodied adults should be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving welfare aid.

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).

Section 1115 allows HHS to “waive compliance” with specified parts of various laws. But this is not an open-ended authority: All provisions of law that can be overridden under section 1115 must be listed in section 1115 itself.

The work provisions of the TANF program are contained in section 407 (entitled, appropriately, “mandatory work requirements”). Critically, this section, as well as most other TANF requirements, is deliberately not listed in section 1115; its provisions cannot be waived. Obviously, if the Congress had wanted HHS to be able to waive the TANF work requirements laid out in section 407, it would have listed that section as waivable under section 1115. It did not do that.

In the past, state bureaucrats have attempted to define activities such as hula dancing, attending Weight Watchers, and bed rest as “work.” Welfare reform instituted work standards to block these dodges. Now that the Obama administration has abolished those standards, we can expect “work” in the TANF program to mean anything but work.

Obama’s new welfare decree guts sound anti-poverty policy. The administration tramples on the actual legislation passed by Congress and seeks to impose its own policy choices — a pattern that has become all too common in this administration.

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obama; welfare; welfarereform

1 posted on 07/14/2012 7:53:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Save the nation. Anybody but Obama.


2 posted on 07/14/2012 7:58:02 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
If he's not authorized to give this money away, then he's stealing from the treasury.

Unbelievable!

3 posted on 07/14/2012 8:11:43 AM PDT by conservative sympathizer
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To: SeekAndFind

BTTT...


4 posted on 07/14/2012 8:12:13 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (If you've surrendered your principles out of fear of Obama, Obama has already won. TomHoefling.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

So, my take on this is that Obama is in deep trouble and recognizes it. I think they see a tremendous uphill battle in November and he is hell bent on putting his policies in place before leaving office. The people that he is helping here are already voting for him so he gains little, if any, voters out of this. This is about changing the country into the country he wants and thinks is best for him and his.


5 posted on 07/14/2012 8:13:48 AM PDT by theyreallthesame
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To: SeekAndFind
"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."

-- James Madison, the father of the United States Constitution


6 posted on 07/14/2012 8:14:44 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (If you've surrendered your principles out of fear of Obama, Obama has already won. TomHoefling.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

People who are dependent and broken vote democrat. If their lives are ruined - if they become drug addicted and creepy - it’s not a problem... well, as long as they vote democrat...


7 posted on 07/14/2012 8:17:34 AM PDT by GOPJ (Innocent people dying was the objective of Fast and Furious......... Ann Coulter)
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To: SeekAndFind

One thing I’ll remember about the Obama years will be feeling stupid for working and paying my bills on time. ABO 2012.


8 posted on 07/14/2012 8:26:11 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (With choices like Palin, Cain, and Bachmann, what could go wrong? Now we know.)
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To: GOPJ
People who are dependent and broken vote democrat. If their lives are ruined - if they become drug addicted and creepy - it’s not a problem... well, as long as they vote democrat...

And what has the Republican establishment done to make things better?

The Democrat plan is to continue along the road to ruin. But if Republicans can't come up with some ideas, we're all doomed to that path.

Simply slowing down the process isn't enough. SImply saying "no" and offering no alternative isn't enough.

The problem with the Republicans and conservatives right now is that they're conservative in their approach, in their thinking, and in their political behavior. They need to try and find NEW ways of applying standard conservative political principles. They need to stop being intellectually shy.

9 posted on 07/14/2012 8:32:21 AM PDT by conservative sympathizer
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To: CaptainK

The safest assumption is the anything our FelonInChief says is a lie and does is illegal.


10 posted on 07/14/2012 8:34:59 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Are there any Democrats who are not racist fascists?.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We can impeach him or vote him out. Time to do something.


11 posted on 07/14/2012 8:40:46 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Well the House Judiciary Committee claims the Obama regime has committed impeachable crimes. How do we get them to proceed with impeachment?

Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith
Full Committee Hearing

Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice
Chairman Smith: Regrettably, the Obama administration has shown a disregard for the Constitution and rule of law in an effort to impose their agenda on the American people.

Under this President, the Justice Department has engaged in a pattern of selective enforcement of the law in order to advance its own partisan agenda.

READ MORE……..
http://judiciary.house.gov/news/Statement%20Oversight%20DOJ%20Hearing.html


12 posted on 07/14/2012 8:50:50 AM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: conservative sympathizer
Look - we did child support collection... we did welfare reform ( even if Clinton did take credit - the ideas were ours - many dems resigned they were so outraged at the time.) Dem liberal shills in the MSM whined about how children were going to starve in the streets etc ( none of which happened - none of their freakout scare stuff ever comes true - not the Club of Rome, not The Population Bomb, not apples and alar, not global warming, not nuclear winter, not any of it - ever...)

Conservatives come up with ideas all the time. Liberals reject them or steal them and the MSM lies about what we're saying - calling us racist or mean or hateful whatever.

Sorry, I'm not impressed with your criticism... You've been reading the MSM too much or, or , or, I give up. I have no idea why or how you could feel the way you do...

13 posted on 07/14/2012 8:53:11 AM PDT by GOPJ (Innocent people dying was the objective of Fast and Furious......... Ann Coulter)
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To: Jonah Vark

We will have to vote him out. If he doesn’t stage a false flag and suspend the elections in Oct.


14 posted on 07/14/2012 8:54:13 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind
When all those welfare parasites are no longer required to look for work they will drop off the unemployment statistics causing the unemployment numbers to drop right before the election.
15 posted on 07/14/2012 9:20:14 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I miss Harriet Miers.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

He is rigging the unemployment figures.


16 posted on 07/14/2012 9:22:30 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I miss Harriet Miers.)
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To: SeekAndFind
What needs to be done is to end the Federal involvement in Welfare, altogether. I am not suggesting that there be no 'safety net'; only that it is more proper under our system that it be run at the local level; both by County administrators & private charities. I realize that this would justify lower Federal taxes, but might necessitate a significant increase in some local taxes.

The Federal Welfare State has been an unmitigated disaster. (See How The Welfare State Works; and note the statement from Thomas Jefferson on the subject of Welfare, in Constitututional Overview, which explains how a local system actually can be effective.

William Flax

17 posted on 07/14/2012 9:48:47 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Jeff Chandler

your exactly correct, lets watch and see how many so-called MSM political analysts are able to perceive it, or how many of the so-called opposition party speak up,

its becoming more and more obvious,(almost daily really) that the world is entering a time of unparallelled lawlessness,

its not difficult to spot the spirit at work here,

Matthew 24:12
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”

2 Timothy 3:1-4
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,Traitors, heady, highminded, . . “

2 Thessalonians 2:7
“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”


18 posted on 07/14/2012 9:54:18 AM PDT by captmar-vell
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To: Jeff Chandler

BINGO - post 15. It’s a way to massage the unemployment figures just before the election. And, the main stream press will never point out the falsehood.


19 posted on 07/14/2012 9:56:49 AM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: captmar-vell

Larry Kudlow just voiced this unemployment numbers ruse on his radio show.


20 posted on 07/14/2012 10:18:48 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We can’t survive another 4 years of Obama.

Meanwhile, the Anybody But Romney crowd is doing their best to give Obama another term.


21 posted on 07/14/2012 10:49:50 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

We will have to vote him out. If he doesn’t stage a false flag and suspend the elections in Oct.


By false flag, do you mean something like this????

Here is a Real Scare – DHS Whistleblower: Obama Will Commit ‘Reichstag’ Event To Trigger Martial Law

The Obama agents, through the DHS and other assorted colluders, are plotting a major ‘Reichstag’ event to generate racial riots and produce the justification for martial law, delaying the November 2012 elections, possibly indefinitely, a DHS whistleblower informed the Canada Free Press.

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/2370/225/Here_is_a_Real_Scare_DHS_Whistleblower:_Obama_Will_Commit_Reichstag_Event_To_Trigger_Martial_Law.html


22 posted on 07/14/2012 10:59:59 AM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And knowing this, a whole lot of clowns will vote for this jackass again, enough that he probably will win. The founding fathers never forsaw the kind of stupidity we have today.


23 posted on 07/14/2012 11:12:09 AM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: SeekAndFind; All
Mark Levin suggested on his Friday show this act is an impeachable offense and called, again, for the DHS secretary to herself be impeached and removed.

Obviously impeachment is a waste of time. It took more time to impeach and try Clinton than there is until the election. Add in the impossibility Obama would be removed when a supermajority of senators is needed, it's a lost cause.

There is ONE available option: defeating Obama at the ballot box and replacing him with the GOP nominee in January.

24 posted on 07/14/2012 1:27:49 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Jonah Vark

Well if you listen to the St Louis cops who called into Alex Jones last week regarding the military drilling in residential areas there they are being told its practice for some event coming in Oct where they will be fighting the folks and the militias. So yeh I think the Muslim is not going out without a fight.


25 posted on 07/14/2012 1:59:57 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mitt Romney had better be planing to do the same thing in reverse overdrive. The democrats need a taste of their own lawless meds or they will never respect the law.


26 posted on 07/14/2012 3:56:00 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Jeff Chandler

Exactly. Reference bump.

When welfare reform went through it simply forced “out of work” people to show for work assignments.

Funny thing 1/2 of these people already had jobs - under the table - and had to dump their benefits or lose their real jobs - just scamming the system. Who’d have thunk it.

Probably another 25% just stayed with their benefits - all things being equal - take the check or go to work ... check please!


27 posted on 07/14/2012 7:24:45 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s very simple; this is a purely political, calculated, election-year maneuver:

“Vote for me (says Obama), or those unfeeling, mean ol republicans are going to take away your welfare - that I (I,I,I,me,me,me) WORKED SO HARD TO GET YOU...”


28 posted on 07/14/2012 7:46:13 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: conservative sympathizer
I might have come across a little strident (just a itty bitty bit). You made a good point. We do need to do better...
29 posted on 07/14/2012 8:09:02 PM PDT by GOPJ (Innocent people dying was the objective of Fast and Furious......... Ann Coulter)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I didn’t listen to St Louis cops. Do you have link?


30 posted on 07/15/2012 10:36:30 AM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I didn’t listen to St Louis cops. Do you have link?


31 posted on 07/15/2012 10:37:01 AM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I didn’t listen to St Louis cops. Do you have link?


32 posted on 07/15/2012 10:40:58 AM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama wants to keep blacks and minorities and the poor enslaved. Nothing more needs be said. Clinton was the only good black President. And he wasn’t that good.


33 posted on 07/15/2012 10:52:05 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Jonah Vark

I apologize for the multiple replies Re: Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It. I’m having problems posting. Keep getting message - Service Temporarily Unavailable.

I was able to find a link to the Allen Jones video about St. Louis.

‘Jim’, a Police Officer Warns of an “Event” in October, 2012: The Alex Jones Show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVQEz0wAhA4

US Military to Run Urban Exercises in North St. Louis – Residents Hope It Will Cut Down on Crime
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/06/us-military-to-run-urban-exercises-in-north-st-louis-residents-hope-it-will-cut-down-on-crime/


34 posted on 07/15/2012 5:45:02 PM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I apologize for the multiple replies Re: Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It. I’m having problems posting. Keep getting message - Service Temporarily Unavailable.

I was able to find a link to the Allen Jones video about St. Louis.

‘Jim’, a Police Officer Warns of an “Event” in October, 2012: The Alex Jones Show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVQEz0wAhA4

US Military to Run Urban Exercises in North St. Louis – Residents Hope It Will Cut Down on Crime
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/06/us-military-to-run-urban-exercises-in-north-st-louis-residents-hope-it-will-cut-down-on-crime/


35 posted on 07/15/2012 5:49:34 PM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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