Welfare Reform Facts – Help From the press

Last month I wrote (and to the St Paul Pioneer Press where I read the original article) about the Heritage Foundation’s mistake on welfare reform. They lied, misled, misrepresented, and even combined both federal and state means tested welfare expenditures in their closing emotional plea. [1] Now one of the campaigns has jumped on the data as if it were factual without digging, or perhaps without caring if it’s actually true.

Today a major network (NBC) has finally gotten on board pointing out the dubious claims in a recent Romney TV add based on the Heritage Foundation fiction. “In 1996, President Clinton and a bipartisan Congress helped end welfare as we know it by requiring work for welfare,” the narrator says. “But on July 12th, President Obama quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements.” The effort is to portray Clinton as the “good” kind of Democrat and Obama as the “bad” kind.  I stated in my earlier article the change was simply a policy adjustment. In fact, a bipartisan adjustment with the waiver policy requested by the Republican governors of Utah and Nevada to achieve more flexibility in designing programs more likely to work in this challenging environment. [2]

Best support is a look at the Health and Human Services Memo which states it “will only consider approving waivers relating to the work participation requirements that make changes intended to lead to more effective means of meeting the work goals of TANF.” So the work requirement is still there. The Heritage Foundation is lying and conveniently, their favored party is buying. Just last night Romney told FOX that Obama believes “they shouldn’t have to have the work requirement” Check the facts friends, I called it here already last week; the claim is just not true. [3]

[1] http://americanmoneylies.com/?p=37

[2] Greg Sargent

[3] First Read

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