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  • The Obama Budget: Expanding Welfare, Undermining Marriage

    How can the government grow the nation’s welfare roles and undermine efforts to support marriage, in a single effort? It must simply follow the plan outlined in President Obama’s budget: pay states to grow their welfare roles and eliminate programs that encourage healthy marriage in low-income communities. Despite the fact that low work hours and single motherhood are two of the greatest contributors to poverty in the United States, the newly released budget undoes welfare provisions that encourage work and discourage out-of-wedlock childbearing.

    Prior to the reforms of 1996, the federal government’s welfare policy was to dish out more money to states as the states increased their welfare roles. Not surprisingly, this provided no incentive to transition welfare recipients into the workforce. Welfare reform did away with this negative incentive and created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, leading to dramatic caseload declines and a decrease in the child poverty rate.

    Unfortunately, these successful reforms were undercut in a variety of policy moves and all but wiped out by last year’s stimulus bill that created the $5 billion TANF Emergency Fund. This fund pays states 80 cents on the dollar for every new case they receive beyond their caseload amount for 2007 or 2008, once again providing incentive for states to grow their welfare roles.

    Now, the President is proposing $2.5 billion to expand and extend this supposedly temporary emergency fund. Although the President links the need for this emergency money to the current recession, the truth is that the 1996 welfare reform already created a $2 billion nest egg for tough economic times such as this. Moreover, the funding the President has proposed would not even be dispensed to states based on their unemployment rates, but would merely be doled out based on caseload numbers. Basically, whether or not jobs are available makes no difference as to how many people can receive federal assistance.

    Unfortunately, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) has jumped on the bandwagon with the President, but has proposed even greater expansions to the welfare system. His legislation would allow states to collect as much federal money as they need to support their caseload (provided that the state does not receive more than 50 percent of its annual TANF dollars). Both Obama and McDermott have a clear message for states: increase the dole and the government will increase your pay.

    Not only does the President plan to expand welfare, but he has also eliminated the program that aims to eliminate single motherhood, one of the greatest contributors to poverty in the United States. In 2005, Bush implemented the healthy marriage program to help those from low-income communities learn skills for building strong marriages. To replace this program, President Obama has introduced his “Fatherhood, Marriage, and Families Innovation Fund.” While this sounds similar in name, it is in fact just another jobs program, and focuses very little on fatherhood, marriage, or families.

    The welfare reforms of 1996 encouraged individual liberty, promoting work and freedom from government dependence. Now, the current administration is moving backwards and pulling its most vulnerable citizens with it. True welfare should help everyone: the taxpayer, who is allowed to keep more of his or her paycheck, and the welfare recipient, who is lifted to personal independence.

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    20 Responses to The Obama Budget: Expanding Welfare, Undermining Marriage

    1. Lou Peterson Washing says:

      Well Done.

      Lou Peterson


    2. Henry says:

      This is par for the left wing social agenda. The middle class workers have and are taking care of AMERICA. The welfare, social security disability group is destroying AMERICA. When I have worked two jobs throughout my life and paid for my own home, and car and never asked or took from the working tax payer.

      I look around me and see all these people with new homes, new cars and trucks in their drive way, after I struggled to make it week and month and year.

      I get furious! When I can name 10 people around me on disability. All are able to work. WHY, WHY, WHY?

      I passed a lady today that she and her husband both had great jobs and three chrildren. The three children got free school lunches through their school years. The parents both made $15.00 per hour. WHY, WHY , WHY?

      This same person faked an injury and sued the company. Then faked medical problems and receiving s. s. disability. SHE OWNS A HOME AND DRIVES A NEW CAR . I will not say the color, both are the same.

      These judges give out social security disability without regard for the AMERICAN tax payer. WHY, WHY?

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    4. Centaur255 says:

      You know that there's a problem when you are rewarded for not helping your society, and you are penalized for staying true to your wife and kids and working hard. Just sayin.

    5. William says:

      I don't understand why it is that people don't recognize this system of perpetual welfare for the modern day equivalent of slavery that it is? How much more heinous and evil can be done to a person than to rob them of their dignity by sapping their will to be independent through making them dependent on the government for their daily needs? It's modern day slavery, and that there is no outcry from so called "civil rights" activists is very telling.

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    7. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      If anyone out their really wants to know the end result of Obama's attack on America, read Cloward & Piven and Saul Alinski. Once you do, you will understand exactly what Obama, and the radical left has in store for all of us. And believe me, it's not liberty or freedom.

    8. Randall Holland, Ari says:

      and the band plays on…

    9. Cliff, North Little says:

      The question here is … What is actually being done to improve the social conditions of the most vulnerable and poverty prone people here in the US ??? The "War on Poverty", the "New Deal", the "Great Society" and the more recent "Welfare-to-Work Program", have collectively cost

      mega-trillions of tax payer dollars over the decades and our poverty rate remains steady at around 10%.

      We, as a Nation, have generally been compassionate and supportive of the ideas and efforts that effectively deliver productive projects for our fellow Americans in need. But the so called "good intentions" that routinely go astray, after a bloated Federal Program of this or that name gets its grip on it, productive results seem to be FAR from outcome.

      Such Bureaucratization tends to morph the NEEDS into WANTS and somehow manages to convert CAN'T into WON'T. Thus seemingly creating a sort of disfunctional value system where the merit of one's effort is discouraged and the sense of accomplishment that generally tends to boost the much needed enthusiasm for further improvement …. dissipates.

      Their is something mysteriously curious about the entrepreneurial mindset that fuels the capitalistic engine of our National Economy. The MORE opportunity to probe and discover this enigma, the LESS dependent our people will be on the very Government that claims …"they only want to help you".

    10. George in Sarasota F says:

      When I was a kid I use to occasionally see in the local paper where a woman gave birth to a bastard child. In other words no father………Then it was a disgrace to have a child out of wedlock.

      70% of blacks, 50% of Hispanics and 35% of white babies are now born as bastards which is a sure road to poverty. I wonder if a study has been done to tie in the dropout rate of students to whether they are from a single parent home?

      The lastest illiteracy rates are 92 million in this country either cannot read and write or read and write at a 4th grade level. 7,000 kids a day drop out of HS.

    11. Ann, PA says:

      I believe strongly in helping people and providing them with the support they need to help themselves, which is why I have spent the last 18 years working at non profits and in the social services. My first agenda, if I were president, would be to abolish welfare in any form, except perhaps a very temporary 3 month period for people in true need. Welfare only serves, in my experience, to enable most who use it. They become so complacent knowing that the government will just hand them money if they follow a simple series of hoop jumping (like "looking" for jobs, but never showing up for the interview, let alone the job itself) that they do not care about pride and self determination. They will never pull themselves up by their own bootstraps as they should because we have made it too easy for them to be rewarded for having multiple children (adding to the overwhelming burden on child welfare workers, hospitals, etc). Welfare provides an incentive NOT to work, not to be a productive citizen. As an employer, I have heard employees say more often than not that they don't need a job because they make more collecting welfare or unemployment. This is not 'assistance' to people in need. This is an entitlement program that perpetuates poverty, unemployment, poor education and criminal activity.

    12. Barbara, LA says:

      Just wanted to make a comment about welfare. 30 yrs ago my husband and I split for 3 yrs. The last of those 3 yrs, I went on welfare (humiliating to say the least) and then we got back together. I called the county (thinking they would be SOO happy to have one less person on their roles) and told them that my husband and I had gotten back together and that I would no longer need welfare. Well, they took me off and then told me that we would have to pay back the money that had been paid me by the state (about thousand dollars+ plus but in the 70's that was a lot) which we did.. I thought they would be GLAD. I was so surprised and realized at that time, that you NEVER get something for nothing from the government. What IS tragic, that welfare keeps women dependent on the government and discourages marriages. I thought about how many people who might get off except for the reason that they would possibly NEVER be able to pay the money back and it was easier to stay on welfare…tragic indeed.

    13. Denise, Utah says:

      This administration rewards failure and penalizes responsibility. They want as many people living on the government plantation as possible. This is, indeed, where they derive power. The pitiful part of all of this is that these people don't even know that they've given up freedom for security. I believe sooner than later they will wake up one day and realize they have neither! Was it Churchill that coined the phrase," Socialism is a philosophy of failure….its only inherent virtue is the sharing of misery"? The history books are full of examples of failed experiments in socialism, communism, collectivism, whatever you want to call it. This administration, I believe, know this but they are power hungry politicians and really don't give a *@#* about us little people. Go Green! Recycle Congress in November!

    14. Dennis Georgia says:

      Welfare is the only way to go. One can depend onn the hardworking people to give them all they want. The dems and obama will continue to expand this role in society, it will keep them in power and controll of all we do and soon all we say and think.

    15. Dman says:

      Does congress not see this is truly what is breaking America, and cogress is backing it. If people would learn not to have kids before marriage and manage their own money. We would need none of this support for taxpayers. I see to many people gaming the system. People having kids and living in wedlock just to receive free money from me. Me and my wife have both went to school paid for by us and government still takes 2000 dollars a month in taxes. We did not have kids till I was 25 and we ate being punished by doing the right thing, while people who spread their legs and spitting out kids left and right are getting rewarded. What the hell is this nation coming to. You want to see the future of America just look at Ethiopia.

    16. Mary says:

      I am embarrassed for the author here. Don't they know the difference between the words, 'role' and 'roll'? Wouldn't this entire article make more sense to say, 'Welfare Rolls'? Hello, Ignorance.

    17. Drew Page, IL says:

      Lloyd Scallon in New Orleans hits the nail on the head. If you want to see where this nation is headed under the current administration, you need to do a little reading.

      Google 'Cloward and Piven' for a synopsis of what these two sociologists have advanced as a theory to support the nation's poor. They published their theories in the 1960s, during Lyndon Johnson's administration which advanced the theory of the "Great Society", when both Houses of congress were solidly Democrat. They believe that the system of welfare that existed then was unfair to the poor. Their suggestion was to get all the poor to apply for welfare, overburdening the system into failure, so it could be replaced with a guaranteed income for aall people in America.

      Also pick up a copy of Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals", which is a basic primer for socialists and how to use the system against itself, in order to bring it down..

      And last but not least, get a copy of Mr. Obama's two books, "The Audicity of Hope" and "Dreams from My Father". This will provide answers to all those who keep asking "Why does Obama do what he does?"; "Why does Obama hate this country?" and "Why does he seem to have a chip on his shoulder?".

    18. Jim indiana says:

      I see that calling the president a "hater of America" is considered civil discourse here. Not to mention the litany of slurs, stereotypes and generalizations seemingly welcomed on your site. Congratulations on your promotion of a "civil society where ideas and debate flourish". Right.

    19. Bobbie says:

      If you knew what America once stood for you'd totally understand the passion and tolerate it or have some, Jim.

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