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  • Morning Bell: Obama's Imperial Presidency Guts Welfare Reform

    The imperial Presidency has overturned Congress and the law again. Not content to stop at rewriting immigration policy, education policy and energy policy, yesterday, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that were the foundation of the Clinton-era reform.

    While this real news occurred yesterday, most of the media remained fixated on political ads and speeches, letting a major and unilateral shift in America’s welfare system go nearly unreported.

    Welfare reform replaced the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children with a new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The Heritage Foundation played a pivotal role in building bipartisan consensus for the reform and providing many of the recommendations that became part of the law. The whole point was that able-bodied adults should be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving welfare aid.

    This reform was very successful. TANF 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.

    Now, Obama’s HHS is claiming that it can waive those work requirements that are at the heart of the law, and without Congress’s consent.

    When it established TANF, Congress deliberately exempted or shielded nearly all of the TANF program from waiver authority. They explicitly did not want the law to be rewritten at the whim of HHS bureaucrats. In a December 2001, the non-partisan Congressional Research Service clarified that there was no authority to override work and other major requirements: “Effectively, there are no TANF waivers,” it reported.

    But that did not stop the Obama Administration, which has been increasing welfare spending at an alarming rate already. President Obama has added millions to the welfare rolls, and his Administration has come under fire lately for its efforts to expand and add more Americans to the food stamp program.

    This is a chronic problem: Over the past two decades, welfare spending has grown more rapidly than Social Security and Medicare, education, and defense. The TANF reform was one small step in the direction of reducing Americans’ dependence on government programs and getting them back on their feet. Cutting its work component is likely to unnecessarily swell the ranks of welfare recipients and with no way to pay for it.

    Heritage experts Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley explained further in their comprehensive analysis of yesterday’s announcement:

    In the past, state bureaucrats have attempted to define activities such as hula dancing, attending Weight Watchers, and bed rest as “work.” These dodges were blocked by the federal work standards. Now that the Obama Administration has abolished those standards, we can expect “work” in the TANF program to mean anything but work. The new welfare dictate issued by the Obama Administration clearly guts the law.

    Obama certainly didn’t tell people he was going to gut welfare reform when he was running for President in 2008—and why would he? “Welfare horror stories helped elect Ronald Reagan,” wrote Mickey Kaus of The Daily Caller. “A promise to ‘end welfare as we know it’ elected President Clinton…And in 2008, Barack Obama didn’t dare suggest that he wanted to do what he has done today.”

    While the 1996 welfare reform successfully moved people from welfare into work, it did not “end welfare as we know it.” Now, however, the Obama Administration has ended welfare reform as we know it. The President cannot hide his disastrous unemployment record by depriving Americans of the hope of a job. He should immediately reverse this course, and offer constructive ideas for economic growth rather than government dependence.

    Fact Sheet on Welfare Reform


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    87 Responses to Morning Bell: Obama's Imperial Presidency Guts Welfare Reform

    1. victorbarney says:

      Have not seen anything yet! Wait until September 16, 2012 on the Israelite Feast of Trumpets(war) when the two-witnesses of Revelation, chapter 11 appear to severly PUNISH U.S. for the following 3 1/2 years because YHWEH does NOTHING without FIRST WARNING his PEOPLE FIRST! WATCH!

    2. Robert says:

      IF the president can get all of the welfare recipients out to vote, he's a shoo-in for re-election. It's all about more free stuff for blacks. With virtually half of our inner-cities functionally illiterate, and breeding on the tax payers proverbial dime, it's retribution time on full scale.

      • Jill says:

        There are plenty of whites on welfare too.

      • txFirehawk says:

        Robert you are forgetting "blacks" make up less than 16% of the population.. It will take everyone getting handouts to vote him back in. Well that and unimaginable amounts of fraud.

      • Annette says:

        Obama knows he won't win again, so he's trying to bankrupt and destroy the country NOW.

      • Mark says:

        Robert..Robert…Robert, Do you realize there are more Hispanics on welfare than blacks. Please keep YOUR prejudice to yourself! As a white man, who is a Christian, I will state WELFARE as it now stands, is a sin. Are we not called to an honest days wages for an honest days labor? There are plenty of people who abuse THIS. Please stop using hate inspiring talk, and turn to LOVE of our Abba Daddy! You get more bees with honey than with vinegar!

      • Robert Hudson says:

        Anyone who is ANYBODY and in their right mind Normally wants to work and contribute to the good of all> Praise the Lord Jesus always!!!!!!!

      • Mary A says:

        Obama already has 98% of the black vote by virtue of being black, if anything this will get more of the non-black voters who are dependent on welfare

    3. Johncdavidson says:

      What the Liberals have done to the Seniors re: Social Security is a criminal act.

      • MissC says:

        Yes we seniors are expendable—-he's playing to the younger constituency –the hell with Social Security—the money must go to the welfare and foodstamp program as he panders himself to create his "New Society"—Obama's Dream Society" a completely guted America–Wake up Seniors—Vote this fool OUT

    4. toledofan says:

      The glaring disregard of the law and the political process itself, by this administration, is just pathetic and the arrogance of the HHS is just astounding. It's way past time for the Congress to step in and put on the emeregeny brake to stop this run away train. I just hope America rises to the occasion in November and gives all of these Democrats the boot; what they are allowing to happen to America is treasonist.

      • auhunter says:

        I'm with you. Why did we put them in office if they are not going to uphold their oath and vote or legislate to the demands of the public?

      • annie says:

        I totally agree and I’m very curious as to how Obama gets away with all his runs around Congress. But then – how much can Congress do, if it depends on passing through the Senate also?

      • MissC says:

        Agree —now tell your friends and neighbors just what you have told us–get them fired up so they are willing to vote Obama out!

      • timpclimber says:

        No matter what the House does its derailed by some Harry Reid tactics in the Senate-look at the 33 attempts by the House to stop Obama care.

    5. timpclimber says:

      Surprise! Surprise! Many of us saw this coming in 2009 after a year of watching how Obama and his cohorts operate. They want to create a huge dependent mass of welfare dependent voters so they can lead the U.S. to their socialist paradise of unthinking, entitled mind slaves. Come November we the thinking public have to block their plans with our votes. Everywhere I go I encourage people to get registered, study the issues and then vote. And I take copies of A.H. articles with me for them to read.

    6. Bill says:

      He wants to keep the poor on the plantation.

      • Jan says:

        And they are too stupid to know it. The way out is self-sufficiency, education for their children, policies that keep families together and discourage illegitimate babies. In 2008 the blacks would be lined up to vote, with no sample ballot, would go into the voting booth and come out within a couple of minutes, meaning they only voted for Obama as they were told to do.

    7. William H Alley says:

      Has any attempt been made or is contemplated to take this matter to the federal courts for injunctive relief to halt the execution of this latest effort by Obama to circumvent the established law with another administrative ruling? And can anything be done to halt/stop these actions pending the 2012 elections, including the “lame duck” period from November through January. This country is danger of a radical takeover which has been underway nearly 4 years. Saul Alinsky would be thrilled. The barbarians are at the gate.

      • Randy says:

        Probably not. None of the republicans have any intestinal fortitude to do stand up to this charlatan. Besides the repubs secretly plan to do the same thing when they get back in power, but only at a slower pace.

    8. russ says:

      If this kind of wanton attitude toward established law can be performed by a president then why do we have laws? Where's the check on presidential power? Do presidents 'play' by the rules, or not, based solely upon their pleasure?? Is Congress remiss in not holding the president accountable? What's going on here?

      • Jill says:

        Absolutely. Aren't there limits on this stuff. BO is a menace.

      • I thought ,like you Russ, that we had the other branches of congress to be there for a check and balance system. How is it that Obama has got away with changing so many laws by executive order? This just floors me how he is digging up all these past laws and going in and re-writing them to suit him and the people on Welfare etc… It is not only blacks on Welfare it is hispanic, illegals and some whites and others also… I have heard that he has brought a lot of Muslime brotherhood into Florida to vote there to assure him Florida. Obama is a criminal…It is looking more and more like we are going to have to take to the streets in a civil war. He has changed so many laws to his advantage for communications control, gun control is underway, has control of military to arrest its own people, etc.. WE are so screwed …He has turned us into a Hitler state… and he is not through yet! will he declare marshall Law to stop the Election? I feel he is going to do so. I also heard he is planning to attack Iran just before the Election to stop the election… God help us!!

    9. Mike says:

      Whether they're working or not, most people on public aid, who are not disabled, are scammers. Public aid should be abolished except for the truly needy.

      • Jeanne Stotler says:

        No, this POTUS would rather take Socil securiy an medicare from us who a worked most of our lives and use that money to make it easier for those who Choose not to work to live a well as those who work hard. For some reason he is against anyone havng the money they work for to enjoy, I on't care if he gives his money but I do care when he decids who gets mine and other members of my family.

    10. I knew from the start that Obummer wanted to destroy America. Time for people to wake up to that fact! Every time he turns around he is giving an "executive order" or doing something that erodes this country a little more. If this keeps up the whole country will be on welfare, nobody will have a job and the country will go bankrupt. We NEED to get congress moving to stop this before its too late!! Lip service doesn't do it!! We need someone to take the bull by the horns and say enough is enough!! Come on!! Let's take our country back!!

      • Jeanne Stotler says:

        ME too, but I was called a racist and ridiculed for even thinking that BHO was not good for this country, but then I read about his past, saw how he reacted to his grandmother's death ( the same who raised him)didn't even pay respects to her, not the kind of person I want to lead this country.

      • We have to have more than 1/3 rd of the congress to get anything done. He has Harry Ried that is covering all the bases for him. Congress cannot get anything to pass the senate or Obama. They have their hands tied. We have to replace the Dems with REpubs in Nov. or America is GONE!

    11. SSmith says:

      This makes me sick.

    12. Roger Crassi says:

      The intricate-related problem that encouraged the President to take this next step is that of a gutless Congress. The larger the welfare and lower income base becomes, the larger, also, becomes the base of the Liberal / Democrat / Socialist Party becomes.

    13. J-M says:

      Well, what can you expect? We can't find a real job, so what to do? It's illegal to live under a bridge, and if you lost your house along with your job I really don't see what can be done. What NOT to do is to invite more foreigners in here to get on welfare. Don't give welfare to the UNINVITED foreigners either. Sometime some sense has to worm its way into the feeble brains of the uber rich sitting pretty in politics.

    14. ron hansing says:

      WE are now ruled by a thrid world junta. A smart ambitious young person should seriously consider becoming an expatriot. The time has come.

      As the saying goes, where would one go… I would suggest Canada, Germany, Any place with a higher freedom index. Albeit not equal to the way this country once was, but still better than this country today.

      The reality is that there is nothing one can do to salvage this country. We have ALL been enslaved, yet NO ONE actually recognize this. And they won't unitl it is too late.

      ron hansing 7/13/12

    15. MJF says:

      Mr. Obama's Welfare Society could possibly take over the election if we are not careful. This whole thing need to be brought to the front so the American people can see what the man is doing to our dying Country! It must be impressed that he is going beyond the law, the Constitution and putting America deeper into a pit it may never be able to crawl out of!

      At least the terrorists hit us once on 9/11/2001 and the Japanese only hit us once at Pearl Harbor. Mr. Obama hits us every day!

      • Swampfox1965 says:

        When his "stimulus bill" was being crafted Obama involved Jeff Jones (Bill Ayers' Weather Underground buddy) in that effort. Jones split from Ayers when he realized that Ayers' efforts at destroying America violently (he bombed many buildings) would not work. Jones believed (now knows) that the way to take down America is to establish a welfare state so huge that the economy will collapse.


        • Thomas Dixon says:

          Classic ‘Cloward & Piven’ strategy. Problem we have is we’ve been fighting Progressives by the rules, our rules, whereas they are street fighting (no rules – anything goes). And this administration owns justice (Holder & his entire activist department). Most conservatives are banking on November’s election to rout them. What we MUST internalize is that the election is a ‘playing by the rules’ thing. Wy should anyone believe that these devious, cunning, irrasciable Progressives, who are so close to achieving total domination, will allow themselves to be turned away at the polls? Ain’t gonna’ happen! These next 116 days are destined to be perhaps the most tumultuous in our nation’s history.

      • kevin dougherty says:

        That is another reason Holder is trying to prevent Florida from purging the illegal voters.

    16. Curt Krehbiel says:

      "He should immediately reverse this course, and offer constructive ideas for economic growth rather than government dependence."

      "Government dependence" is buying votes to insure his getting a second term during which he will put more of the population on government dependence as he introduces Americans to Communism. That is the goal he campaigned on as "hope and change".

    17. jim Clark says:

      Robert Rector,


      The Republicans should amend the farm bill now before Congress to add a food stamp work requirement tied to the value of the benefit divided by the minimum wage. The Democrats would reject this but their would be value in the rejection.

      Jim Clark

    18. Swampfox1965 says:

      Obama now joins Jackson and Sharpton in keeping America's poor under the boot heel of big organizations: NAACP, Rainbow Coalition and, now, the Obamanable Administration. More freebies for the poor equals more votes for those who provide them. 'Tis little wonder there is so little self esteem among those on welfare: they continue to be told they can't make it on their own — but there's always someone there to take care of them.

      Wat a pity!

    19. inverbrass says:

      Obama is more dangerous to our way of life than all the terrorists in the world. Hitler, Mao, et al pale in comparison to Obama.

      • m victious says:

        Well, actually he just mimics the methods the NAZI party used to create THEIR version of law and order. REMEMBER that the NAZI Germany was not a lawless morass. everything they did was done by making laws and legislation rulings. Then they systematically, viciously enforced them and expanded them as a ¨new¨ idea (opportunity) presented its self.
        Same too of Italian Fascism, it was in its inception a very weedy capital L Liberal movement that gradually turned on its self.
        We lost all vestige of our country on inauguration day with citizen Clinton coming to power. Just as the previous loss of the old country as citizen Andrew Jackson acceded to power.

    20. Lin says:

      It is easy to see Obama and the Democrats plan! As soon as they can get 51% of voters on the welfare and food stamp rolls, they can do anything they please and be assured of reelection. The real taxpayers of this Nation have to unite and stop this rush to the fiscal drop off cliff. Where is our Congress and Supreme Court to stop King Obama from breaking all of our laws and the Constitution.

    21. Twitch says:

      One of the few good things to come out of the Clinton administration, Obama just had to go and wreck it. Because he just can't have people getting off welfare now can he?

    22. We called for a contempt vote for Holder, why can't we urge our Congressmen and women to have a contempt vote for our dictator in chief? Who is going to pay for gutting welform reform? If you do not know, you are part of the problem–it is WE THE PEOPLE, the American taxpayer!

    23. pam says:

      Welfare dependence is most likely his way to get a good list of people round up to take to the fema camps to walk them to the slaughter house because they will be listed as government dependent and unproductive citizens WaKE UP AMERICA we arE BEING SET UP!

    24. Guest says:

      At what point will and can Congress step up, hold a news conference and say, "NO MORE". It becomes all the more problematic when considering how to "undo" all this someday. Can President Romney do it by mandate, in the same unconstitutional way it was all enacted? Will it literally take an act of Congress to reinstate the will of the people on immigration, EPA standards and welfare reform through law? This is a true constitutional crisis — which is just what the administration wants.

    25. Robert Sutton says:

      if he is doing these things now without congress's consent, what will it be like when god forbid he is reelected, we all need to make sure that he and his cronies are not reelected.

    26. He is an embarrassment to our country!

    27. Howie Carr listener says:

      I wood like to know what the heck is next is this arrogant idiot in the oval office going to do????????

    28. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Emperor Barack I wants to go back to welfare as we know it.

    29. PAH says:

      There has got to be something that congress can do about this!!!! obama HAS to go!!!!!

      • The senate is on his side in all he does. The Repubs only have the house. 1/3rd is not enough to stop him. They propose anything and it will not get through the senate and if it does he will veto it. We only have ONE Chance people and that is NOVEMBER! We got to make that one chance count or we are so doomed. No more American freedom. I know as you read this it runs off your back like water on a ducks back. BUT this is for real! This is a cry for help to the American people to save our country from Obama in Nov. I don't care who the heck is Pres. We just have to get this KENYAN SOCIALIST NARCISTIC, MARXIST OUT OF OUR WHITE HOUSE. DO YOU HEAR ME PEOPLE????? IT IS NOW OR NEVER!!!

    30. boberic says:

      Why is anyone surpised? Obama is simply carrying out the only campaigne promise he has kept. That is to fundamentaly change the country. He has been the most sucessful president in modern history.He promised change and he is delivering on that promise.Lets look at his record of success. The stimulus, Health care reform, take over of the auto industry,drastically curtailing energy exploration in the name of Green jobs,Dodd/Frank, labelind CO2 a pollutant, subverting congress with his version of the Dream Act, Various executive orders bypassing congress, calling the mandate a penalty while arguing befors the Supreme court that it is a Tax, appointing over 30 czars with uathority with no congressional oversight.so on and soforth. his record of sucess is astounding. Why is he not running on being the most sucess full president in all of history.? Wait a minute. For na moment I forgot that none thats right none of his "sucesses' are popular with the vast majority of the people. My bad!

    31. Chukkal says:

      Who needs congress when we have a president that can write his own laws?

    32. SANDY says:


    33. Kim says:

      How are the people on welfare supposed to go to work if there are no jobs for them? Perhaps the current economic situation is the reason for the waiver. Statistics show that most of the job loss is in the lower pay grade, you know, the ones where you get up and go to work everyday and still live in poverty. During the Bush, Jr. years, I noticed help wanted signs all over the place for these minimum wage jobs. When the economy crashed at the end of the Bush administration, those were the jobs that got hit.

    34. cab665 says:

      My dad worked for New York State Employment Agency retiring in the late 70s. Many nights over dinner he would horrify us with stories of 3rd generation welfare slobs gaming the system, ripping off the taxpayers, and stigmatizing those who really needed the help.

      Thanks Obama for taking us back to the future of multi-generational welfare dependency.

    35. john clark says:

      Nothing but another blatant ploy to buy votes. The man has no morals or honor.

      • John says:

        I agree it's about votes – but ALSO – what does this do to unemployment numbers? Miraculously 6.5% next month? I can't take it anymore!!

    36. Our socialist marxist commander and chief signs executive order gutting the heart of welfare reform. Just another action demonstrating the non-complience laws of our land. It's too late in this election cycle to impeach but if he was to get another four years , I only hope he is impeached. The dictator has set his trap to insnare his victims. All of obamas giveaways will come at a price…..our freedom. His words are poison and his direction leads down the path of destruction. Don't be fooled, it is plain to see what is happening to socialist countries, do you want to be next. This is the most important election of our lifetime.

    37. Donald DaCosta says:

      This should surprise no one. The more people dependent on government welfare and pork, the more that will vote for democrats. Obama and the democratic party is in trouble and so is America. They are dragging us down the rat hole of dependency, personal irresponsibility and class warfare in an attempt to capitalize on human weakness and ignorance and add those who succumb, to those that remain enthralled by his phony facade; and it seems his sycophants in the media willingly and deliberately remain silent.

      And as Obama continues his overt war on Congress and the Constitution where is the Congress? The silence is deafening and the inaction disheartening. Obama continues to chip away at the underpinnings of the Republic without regard for the Constitution he swore a sacred oath to protect and defend and with complete impunity. He has no respect or love for America and demonstrates his contempt for it on almost a daily basis. And why not? Where is the national outcry and demands to cease and desist or else. And "or else" what? A slap on the wrist? From whom? The media? Is not his obvious defiance of the Constitution and open contempt for it an impeachable offense? Where is the outrage? More specifically, where is the leadership of the Republican party, why are they not calling him out and why are they not countermanding these blatant abuses of executive power? America is rapidly becoming a failed state.

    38. John says:

      This is about votes – but will it not also lower the unemployment rate since all of these people can be taken off as looking or under employed? This evil man doesn't do anything without benefiting himself.

    39. RennyG says:

      Once again we hear, see and talk about things that he "can't" do that he is continuing to do! When are you political people going to stand up to him. Hasen't he done enough things that would warrant "IMPEACHMENT????" Why don't we hear this word, is it because it can't happen or is it FEAR??? I don't want to hear about the upcomming election, it's like going to LasVagus and gambling, "YOU ARE GOING TO LOOSE!!!!!!!" Can't anyone see the writing on the wall? God only knows how it hurts my heart to see our country being destroyed, by one person and without a fight!!!
      You are trying to run an election and he is tearing down our country! I have a problem with this picture!

    40. Glenn says:

      Obama is telling us that he is the law of the land, that Congress is irrelative, and the Constitution is a worthless piece of parchment that needs to be eliminated from existence. We, it appears, are going to continue to let him do as he pleases. The only thing Harry Reid wants to do is fight Republicans while kissing Obama's backside. McCarthy was right about Communists in our government and Communist influences on our government. The Communists in this country laughed and scorned that assertion and our media figuratively "rode him out on a rail". Now we are paying the price, and Communism, as Krushev said in the 50's, has nearly over run us. We may or may not get one last chance in November to save the ship, if we do we had best not blow the opportunity.

    41. Fred Costello says:

      The Republicans must counter this move of Obama to get the vote of the welfare recipients. Welfare recipients must be shown how this is an attack on their dignity as human beings. Obama wants to keep them dependent on the government. They have become slaves of the government, which wants to keep them on the plantation, owning nothing, earning nothing, and doing nothing for the world — takers but not givers.

      • elTedro says:

        His dictatorship personnel are in place and all systems are GO! IMHO, only Congress can stop him now.
        Will they do it?

    42. Mike Sheahen says:

      Why is it that, especially lately, most of every article here in The Foundry, The Morning Bell, including "Obama's Imperial Presidency Guts Welfare Reform", starts out pointing out and exposing both the destructive, government power-growing, liberty-decreasing antics and machinations of the Statists, and their destructive consequences and results, but then is ended by calling for what is obviously not and will not ever be forthcoming from Statists such as Obama and his accomplices…that they "reverse course"?

    43. Casey Carlton says:

      Commisar Obama is clearly looking to the November election, and is attempting to buy as many votes as possible to stay in power. It's as simple as that.

    44. Chuck says:

      I can't believe our Congress continues to let this lawlessness run rampant in the Executive Branch! It appears our conservative Senators have allowed the Senate to become a joke while our House is attempting to stick their fingers in the dike in a futile effort to hold back the flood of tyranny that will be upon us before the election. The Senators should throw Reid out as Majority leader now and both houses need to immediately go to court with the States backing their awakening to the realization that they are currently fiddling "while Rome burns" or while our freedoms disappear before our childen have a chance to taste it.
      I believe these elected representatives take the same oath the military man or woman takes and they should now fulfill that oath – i.e. I swear to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. I for years wondered what a domestic enemy might look like, now I know without a doubt!!

    45. Questionman says:

      1. Romney hides his income in offshore accounts, lies about his years in Bain Capital, refuses to release his tax returns, repeatedly lies about Democtatic initiatives and legislation and is the king of flip-floppers.

      On top of that, he is a Repugnican so lying is in hes DNA.

      2. Republicans. They destroyed the country, now they blame President Obama for not cleaning up their mess fast enough.

      Obama saved our auto industry, expanded healthcare access, and wants the ultra-wealthy to pay about 50 percent less in marginal taxes than they did under the Eisenhower administration.

      Would any of today’s right-wing squalor have been beneath Joe McCarthy? Certainly not, although at least the heroic tail-gunner required a few blasts of bourbon and branch water before achieving maximum lunacy, whereas the contemporary right appears gleefully capable of abject unhingement, stone sober. And, as noted, they all sing in unison, and their noise is inescapable.

      and more important, you should be seeking professional help.

      There is something seriously wrong mentally with anyone who would come onto a public forum such as answers.com sounding like a raving madman.

    46. william says:

      I have a question how is Obama getting away with this insidious action and complaining about a lack of cooperation from congress to get anything done ,how is he doing this then?

    47. You know I am really happy to hear so many comments clearly indicating that Americans are waking up to what has happened to the Republic. I have been an expat for nearly 11 years leaving the U.S. on September 29, 2001 What has happen to the US during the previous 11 years goes beyond the suspension of disbelief. 911 was the trigger and the trap and if you can conceive of that having any potential for being true then you know how far down the road to a totalitarian world government we have traveled. Congress and the Senate have to go along for the ride because they know when the system does finally collapse/transform they will be blamed and rightfully so. I think I would be looking to cover my rear with all the security measures and black ops I could as well. Our Nation has been sold to the Globalists and Obama is just their salesman!

    48. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Obama wants more voters. Liberals love hammocks. Not safety nets.

    49. Christine says:

      It just never ends.

    50. Rob says:

      All these people should get out and work? Work at what?
      There are 3.5 job seekers for every job opening in America. If every single job was filled right now, you still have over ten million people who want to work, but it is physically impossible for them to work.

      Who's fault is that? Is it really Bob's fault for not getting a job, when there are LITERALLY no jobs to go around. http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2012/07/11/vital-s

    51. O2BMe says:

      Where is Congress? Why aren't they doing something about this? Even the Democrats along with the Republicans should be upset about this and other things the EPA, HHS and other departments are doing. Didn't we elect them to be in charge not Government departments?

    52. Greg Abell says:

      Obama is the most corrupt, incompetent President in history. He has no idea how to fix the economy. Instead he is worsening it every time he opens his mouth. All of these freebies cost somebody: Me, you, and our children and grandchildren. Lets stop the insanity. The USA must oust Obama on November 6.

    53. Robert N. Ivy says:

      President Obama may be within his legal right with his edicts, however, He does have to answer to the people.
      The current populus is not in 100 percent agreement with these orders.
      What does it take for Congress to step up and say enough. When the entitlements recipients out number the entitlement contributors there has to be an end to entitlements. You can't get blood from a turnip.

    54. Joseph says:

      I think you guys are overreacting. Although I don't agree with increasing welfare spending

    55. idaho redneck says:

      I think if anyone were to look at this objectively, they can only come to one conclusion. The POTUS sees a dim view in the upcoming election and must bulk up his base with an evergrowing number of government dependent voters. It looks just like Roman senators buying bread and throwing it into the stands at the Coliseum during election time.

    56. Sally Yust says:

      I'm not understanding why or how this could be allowed by congress if it is illegal for the president with HHS bureaucrats to over ride a law passed by congress some years ago. It's appalling what the legislative branch of government has let Obama get away with . I sense there is a lack of political will to do the right thing on behalf of the American people. This president should be prosecuted for his blatant disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law.

    57. SCOTT says:

      GET A LIFE!

    58. elena says:

      we people who receive social security medicare had this system put in place whether we wanted to be in or not , we at one time a few years ago had an abundance in this system to help us have money and care when to old or sick to work longer and we came to see this as a blessing UNTIL our country's politicians started allowing billions of immigrints to come here whether legal or illegal and gave them so many free give-aways, allowing more children to be born and all living off the taxpayers monies. Some did work but many just come here to take what they can get without working. never really wanting to become american and live as the rest of us and then we have many born here do exactly the same, so why should others always pay /work hard all their lives to support themselves and others who don't want to work , why should they as long as they live fairly good without laboring at jobs, even if given one thats not in their agenda when they can live off of others without doing so.

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