The Imperial President Eliminates Welfare Reform & Officially Declares His Welfare State Vision


If you want to live in a welfare state akin to a fifth world nation, you must vote for Barack Obama. He is your man. We will be worse off than Greece and we can all luxuriate in the socialist vision of shared misery.

President Obama issued a presidential directive yesterday that guts the successful work requirement in the welfare reform signed by President Clinton in 1996. The Department of Health and Human Services can and will waive the work requirement at the heart of welfare reform. You no longer have to work to collect welfare no matter how healthy and capable you are.

Federal work requirements were waived by Obama fiat even though the LAW mandates that the requirements CANNOT be waived. Obama did it anyway. He ignored the law. It worked for Obamacare, thanks to John Roberts, so why not go to full-fledged rule by fiat. He is legislating from the White House, usurping the role of Congress.

The work requirements were highly effective. “ANF became the only welfare program (out of more than 70) that promoted greater self-reliance. It moved 2.8 million families off the welfare rolls and into jobs so that they were providing for themselves. Child poverty fell, and single-parent employment rose. Recipients were required to perform at least 20–30 hours per week of work or job preparation activities in exchange for the cash benefit.” [Heritage]

Obama has added millions to the welfare rolls since he entered office and he has now orchestrated a way to add many more – socialism here we come.

Welfare reform is over and the welfare state has arrived.

The unemployment numbers will likely go down by November because of this decision.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment numbers monthly. If people are both out of work and seeking employment, they are counted as unemployed. If they are on welfare and not looking for work, they are considered out of the labor force and therefore are not counted as unemployed. They can still buy houses through many taxpayer-funded programs because welfare counts as an income.

“President Obama now wants to strip the established work requirements from welfare,” Mitt Romney said.  “The success of bipartisan welfare reform, passed under President Clinton, has rested on the obligation of work. The president’s action is completely misdirected. Work is a dignified endeavor, and the linkage of work and welfare is essential to prevent welfare from becoming a way of life.”