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  • Clinton Defends Obama on Gutting of His Welfare Reform Law

    Last night, former President Bill Clinton claimed that President Obama had not gutted welfare reform. Clinton proclaimed that Obama would actually strengthen welfare reform by urging states to increase the number of people moving “from welfare to work” by 20 percent.

    What is Obama really doing? In July, the Obama Administration illegally declared that it would waive all the work requirements in the 1996 welfare reform law. State welfare bureaucracies will no longer be obligated to obey the federal work requirements written in that law.

    The Obama Administration will put in mothballs the formal purpose of welfare reform—to reduce the number of people dependent on government benefits. The Administration will abandon the legislative performance goal that encourages states to reduce welfare caseloads. It will weaken the “work participation” standards that require some 30 percent of able-bodied Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients to engage in work activities for 20 to 30 hours per week.

    Even worse, the Obama Administration will “waive compliance” with those work participation standards entirely and replace them with alternative standards designed unilaterally by Health and Human Services (HHS) bureaucrats without congressional input or approval. It will encourage states to use those new standards “in lieu of” the work requirements written in the statute. In other words, HHS explicitly plans to jettison the work requirements provided in the law and replace them with an alternative reform model.

    What is that new model of reform? HHS asserts that states will be exempted from work “participation rate requirements” (requiring welfare recipients to engage in work activities) if they raise the number of individuals leaving welfare for work (called “employment exits”) by 20 percent. Clinton defended this by saying, “The requirement was for more work, not less.”

    This sounds impressive, but what does it really mean?

    In the typical state, 1.5 percent of the TANF caseload leaves welfare and obtains work each month. Thus, any state can be fully exempted from the TANF work requirements if it raises the number of exits to 1.8 percent. This is a miniscule change. What will the other 98.2 percent of the caseload be doing? No one knows for sure. But one thing we do know for certain: They will be exempt from the federal “work participation” requirements established in the welfare reform law.

    It gets worse. The Administration plans to redesign the TANF program around a new performance measure: employment exits. Welfare bureaucracies have kept statistics on employment exits for decades. These statistics are meaningless as a measure of success in welfare reform. Why? Because all welfare caseloads have routine turnover. The larger the caseload, the greater the number of employment exits. As caseloads increase, the number of employment exits increases. As caseloads fall, the number of employment exits falls. Thus Obama’s new performance goal (increases in employment exits) is positively correlated with increases in welfare caseloads and negatively correlated with actual reductions in welfare dependence.

    According to Obama’s new welfare reform performance goals, the pre-reform Aid to Families with Dependent Children program would be a stunning success. In the period prior to welfare reform, caseloads soared–and employment exits nearly doubled. By contrast, the post-reform TANF program would be judged a failure, as fewer people were going on welfare in the first place—caseloads plummeted, and employment exits declined.

    Obama has not only gutted welfare reform, he has turned it completely upside down.

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    13 Responses to Clinton Defends Obama on Gutting of His Welfare Reform Law

    1. Stirling says:

      It's sad when a past president has to lie to cover up the actions of a current president. It really is true that politicians will say anything to keep power and influence. In reality the more they lie the more they loose the trust of the american people. When you actually do your own research (without just trusting anyones word for it) the truth becomes clear. Unfortunately the lemings of society will not do the extra work to determine if their leaders are lying or not.

      • lupelib1 says:

        Clinton has ALWAYS been a liar. This is nothing new. I refuse to listen to him because it raises my blood pressure. I didn't start having problems with my blood pressure until he took office and it really rose during the "chad" incident.

    2. Bobbie says:

      Clinton also spoke of how this president was the first to find the problems?? The first president to create the problems and give him credit for finding them. Sounds the way democrats play! It's the behavior of the democratic party. They are immature and beneath the strength of America and her people. Their personal struggles they mention for sympathy aren't even struggles. And have no mention of government costs forcing struggles. People are the authority of their own livelihoods. Democrats want that authority over people. Democrats work contrary to the governing of America. Democrats like the President, doesn't want people to do for ourselves. They say it in their own little words, lying about the Republican party.

      Democrats prove incompetent in their positions and they want trust? They aren't doing their job but to make things worse. They haven't provided a budget in all their time causing great stress on this country. The controversy democrats drive is what they've created. Democrats don't represent PEOPLE. They represent GOVERNMENT CONTROL but then comfort people by telling us it's our government? Our government doesn't have authority over us like this democrat regime is subjecting people to THEIR government authority! Unless resentment has inspired your hearts by strangers in any political party, don't let them fool you again, please!

    3. @SusieMadrak says:

      So let me get this straight. You're upset because more people aren't moving from welfare to work – when there aren't any jobs, even for people with college degrees and appropriate experience? Your lack of intellectual and moral integrity is showing.

      • Bobbie says:

        along with your ignorance not to realize this country wakes up one morning, forced to comply to government authority. Losing jobs by government mandates, regulations, and government rules over the businesses own. Holding back new jobs in various areas. The government wrongfully intruded and causing irrational costs and rash decisions to the businesses. Unconstitutional government intervention all within the control of government is why there are no jobs and by government design. Just remove the government and what do you have, Susie Madrak?

        People with college degrees and appropriate experience know this…

      • Stirling says:

        "to reduce the number of people dependent on government benefits"

      • lupelib1 says:

        LET'S GET THIS STRAIT, THERE ARE JOBS! I am so sick and tired of hearing that there are no jobs. If you want to eat, pay your bills, pay your rent, you can find work. Maybe not what you want to do and think your worth but you can find work. People put themselves on a pedestal and think they are ABOVE menial labor and other work! My husband has a doctorate and is out there as a handyman. He makes enough to take care of us and cannot find enough hours in a day! People can find all kinds of work if they really want to do it. I clean houses. You may have to come down in your lifestyle and humble yourself but there is plenty of work! We are making good money and do not depend on anyone but ourselves. Welfare is NOT an option. There is yard work, snow shoveling, hanging Christmas lights, taking them down, baby sitting, cooking, cleaning, ironing, car repair, washing and detailing cars, etc. You are the one with no moral integrity and intellectual imagination while counting on other hard working folks like me to pay your bills in the way of taxes.. Get it????

        • PaulE says:

          Everything you've said is ABSOLUTELY correct. Too many people today seem to have the notion that if they can't land their dream job, at the level of pay they deem appropriate, then they just won't accept any job. When the choice comes down to putting food on the table and keeping a roof over one's head, you do what is necessary, like any mature adult would do, and take whatever work you can find. Ultimately, when the economy improves, you can then look for a better job. In the meantime, you still have to eat and have a roof over your head.

    4. fauxsoup says:

      "As caseloads increase, the number of employment exits increases." – Which is exactly why they use PERCENTAGE POINTS and not raw numbers. 1.5% of 100,000 is 1,500. What's 1.8% of the same number? 1,800!

      Furthermore, Obama didn't "waive all work requirements," a claim that has been proven false time and time again. He granted waivers to state governments that said they wanted to try new methods of getting people off of welfare and back to work, a waiver they could only get with a credible plan, and a waiver that could only be kept if the state in question succeeded in increasing the welfare-to-work rate by 20%.

      What do I expect, though? I'm reading another partisan cum-rag. You guys are worse than the Huffington Post.

    5. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Let's look at the facts! Bill Clinton was impeached, not for sex, but committing the crime of perjury. Clinton molested countless women. Clinton raped a woman in the White House. Clinton corrupted a White House inturn and used a cigar (not to smoke).This is what the Democrats hold up as an example. Yet a large percentage of fools still like a president that is even slimier than Obama. It.s a good thing that the average American's attention span is so short, just like Obama, they forget what Clinton is.

    6. Ron Benoliel says:

      More B S. The true nature of Obama's policies are to play Santa Claus with gifts given by tax payers. Our children "better watch out" and place more reliance on the North Pole; otherwise your grandchildren will have NO XMAS and no Republic for which to staND.

    7. PaulE says:

      Bill Clinton wants Hillary to get another shot at the White House in 2016. That's Clinton's only real focus here folks. So he's temporarily put aside his feelings for Obama and agreed to "spin" a nice little story during the Democrat convention and in a few TV commercials, so Obama doesn't appear to be the total loser he is. Clinton's reward for all of this effort is he stays in the good graces of the Democrat leadership by having proven his "loyalty to the party". Whether Obama wins or loses in November, Clinton's gesture will cement another shot for Hillary in 2016 and that's all Bill cares about. The rest is all noise.

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