The really "sad part"
is, some of you people don't ever bother to think for yourselves.
You would rather listen to your favorite talking head........and then just parrot them.
Even if it results in needing lots of towels........to wipe that egg off of your face.
Obama IS NOT "gutting welfare."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Welfare is causing a ruckus in the presidential campaign. But the program is a shadow of its old self from the 1970s, when Ronald Reagan used the image of ‘‘welfare queens’’ to assail government poverty programs promoted by liberals.
Nowadays government cash assistance to the poor is mainly conditioned on work. And the Obama administration waivers excoriated by Mitt Romney as gutting welfare reform are unlikely to reverse that basic policy, as even some architects of work requirements acknowledge.
‘‘If Washington were different and ... people could sit down and reason together, it’s not impossible to think that Republicans and Democrats would come to an agreement on waivers similar to what the administration is proposing,’’ said Ron Haskins, co-director of the Brookings Center on Children and Families. As a senior House GOP aide in the 1990s, Haskins helped write the original welfare-to-work legislation.
The Obama administration says it does not want to waive work requirements, but instead primarily federal administrative rules, including some that tie up state caseworkers who could be serving clients.
The 1996 welfare reform law, a pillar of social policy for conservatives, replaced a federal entitlement with grants to the states, while putting a time limit on how long families can get aid and requiring recipients to eventually go to work.
Welfare caseloads declined for years before the recession, and there are only about 2 million families on what’s now called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF for short. It’s dwarfed by the Earned Income Tax Credit, the government’s main anti-poverty program, which supplements the earnings of low-income families through the tax system and helps nearly 27 million households.
Former GOP aide Haskins said the Obama administration was wrong to roll out its waiver plan without first getting the advice and consent of congressional Republicans. But he added, ‘‘There is merit to what the administration is proposing, and I don’t see how you can get to the conclusion that the waiver provision undermines welfare reform and it eliminates the work requirement.’’
It’s not a blanket waiver because states would have to apply one at time for exemptions from certain requirements of the welfare-to-work law. And states must show their plans would move at least 20 percent more people to work.
Moreover, with or without waivers, there’s cap on the total amount of federal money available to states for welfare — about $17 billion — so it would not make much financial sense for a state to waste any of those dollars.
Such details seemed to have no place on the campaign trail. .
Now please note in the third paragraph........
said Ron Haskins, co-director of the Brookings Center on Children and Families. As a senior House GOP aide in the 1990s, Haskins helped write the original welfare-to-work legislation.
So let's recap.
A guy who helped write the original law, and is a Repub stalwart, is saying that the charges from the right....are ridiculous.
Now don't y'all just feel silly for crying wolf?