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  • Obama Supported Work Requirements Before He Was Against Them (VIDEO)

    During his run for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama praised the work requirements that were the centerpiece of welfare reform — the very requirements his administration just gutted.

    During a discussion with pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church, Obama declared: “[O]ne of the things that I am absolutely convinced of is that we have to work as a centerpiece of any social policy.” Video of the exchange:

    On July 12, Obama’s administration gutted the work requirements that were part of reforms to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in 1996. The welfare reform law became a signature accomplishment for President Bill Clinton and the Republican-led Congress. Now, a new directive from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) claims for the secretary the authority to waive TANF work requirements, the heart of the successful 1996 reforms. In the past, the lack of tough federal work requirements has allowed activities such as bed rest, smoking cessation and exercise to be counted as work.

    Ironically, Rev. Warren’s question to Obama in 2008 centered on a position Obama once held that he no longer supported. Obama picked welfare reform, explaining that as a state lawmaker in Illinois he was skeptical of Clinton’s action in 1996.

    Now, it seems, Obama has flip-flopped once again.

    Here’s the transcript of Warren’s exchange with Obama on Aug. 16, 2008:

    WARREN: What’s the most significant position you held ten years ago that you no longer hold today, that you flipped on, you changed on, because you actually see it differently?

    OBAMA: Because I actually changed my mind.

    WARREN: You changed your mind. Exactly.

    OBAMA: Well, you know, I — I’m trying to think back ten years ago. I think that a good example would be the issue of welfare reform, where I always believed that welfare had to be changed. I was much more concerned ten years ago when President Clinton initially signed the bill that this could have disastrous results. I worked in the Illinois legislature to make sure that we were providing child care and health care, other support services for the women who were going to be kicked off the roles after a certain time.

    It had — it worked better than, I think, a lot of people anticipated. And, you know, one of the things that I am absolutely convinced of is that we have to work as a centerpiece of any social policy.

    WARREN: OK.

    OBAMA: Not only because — not only because ultimately people who work are going to get more income, but the intrinsic dignity of work, the sense of purpose.

    WARREN: We were made for work.

    OBAMA: We were made for work, and the sense that you are part of a community, because you’re making a contribution, no matter how small to the well-being of the country as a whole. I think that is something that Democrats generally, I think, have made a significant shift on.

    Apparently, however, Obama has not made that big of a shift.

    The Obama administration’s recent action amounts to the end of welfare reform as we know it, according to The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley. The HHS action was also illegal, drawing the wrath of lawmakers who have introduced legislation that would prohibit the administration from enforcing its new policy.

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    5 Responses to Obama Supported Work Requirements Before He Was Against Them (VIDEO)

    1. Mitch Daniels, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush and MITT ROMNEY all signed the letter below asking for state waivers on the work requirement. Apparently, now that they got what they wanted, they don't want it anymore. EVERYONE supports work requirements, the states (including lots of red states) just want more freedom in implementation to save time and cash. But, gosh, when Obama tries to give states more rights to run things more efficiently than the federal government can, he must be a Communist.

      Skip to the "State Flexibility" section: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/fi

    2. Mitch Daniels, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush and MITT ROMNEY all signed the letter below asking for state waivers on the work requirement. Apparently, now that they got what they wanted, they don't want it anymore. EVERYONE supports work requirements, the states (including lots of red states) just want more freedom in implementation to save time and cash. But, gosh, when Obama tries to give states more rights to run things more efficiently than the federal government can, he must be a Communist.

    3. Bobbie says:

      Obama has no concern from welfare to work. Notice his concern for women is when women will be taken off! Women don't want the belittlement of government dependency. Independence is the American woman he takes much to much concern contradicting. Obama doesn't even mention the man when it comes to pregnancy or anything the man is responsible for, just all that effects women within someone elses control. No corrective action or justice, just government pampering programs to manipulate submission…

      Obama wants welfare for all or he wouldn't be so unconstitutionally involved in personal issues. He's got so much on his plate, jobs or the safety of women isn't either of them. He believes in color coded classes and if he resents a class, more weight goes on that one while he belittles other classes for sympathies…and votes. Under Obama everyone's every move and or emotion is to be recognized as the nation's business as if there is no such thing as privacy or personal worth. As if he's the judge!

      Drawing public address to exploit lowering or no expectations of Americans is wrong. The unprecedented man is lowering America down to his welfare dependency standard as he destroys the private sector through unauthorized restrictions. He's confining Americans personal abilities by obstructing the instinct to govern ones own. America needs to stand the way she is meant, contrary to this president. .

      He's destroying America's concept…

    4. Don says:

      these words come to mind when i hear more and more from this confused individual the democrats call Mr.pressident—"A double minded man is unstable in ALL his ways….scripture form Proverbs

    5. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Obama is not "double minded", confused, or incompetent. Obama is deliberate, calculating, and devious. He know's exactly what he is doing and saying. Many of us who realize who and what Obama is. But far too many Americans cannot wrap their minds around the fact that a person, that has been elected president of this nation, can work to destroy what America is. But we had better wake up and face the fact that Obama true intent is distroy this nation as we have known it.

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