>>The Obama Budget: Expanding the Welfare state and Undermining Marriage
Posted March 17, 2010on:
Welfare for decades has made marriage obsolete by offering assistance to only poor women and children. If there was a man in the house then no help. So men left. Eventually even tho babies kept being born there were no men in the families and no marriages. The 1996 welfare reform bill addressed this problem by allowing assistance to families. At the same time it got millions off of the welfare roles. There were also programs in states that encouraged marriage because time has taught us of the many problems created in single parent families, especially to the children. States who offered these programs to encourage marriage and discourage single parent families were rewarded with more federal funding. Obama’s budget turns this around entirely. Instead states are rewarded with more funding by having larger case loads! CAN’T YOU SEE THE STATES SENDING SOCIAL WORKERS OUT ONTO THE STREETS TO DRAG IN NEW WELFARE RECIPIENTS TO GET THESE NEW FEDERAL DOLLARS!? BELIEVE! IT WILL HAPPEN!
Now President Obama is proposing $2.5 billion more to extend this supposedly temporary emergency fund. (last year’s stimulus bill that created the $5 billion TANF Emergency Fund. Once again, states are being paid to increase their caseload (80 cents on the dollar for every new case they receive beyond their numbers for 2007 or 2008). Although the President links the need for this emergency money to the current recession, the truth is that the 1996 welfare reform includes a $2 billion nest egg for tough economic times such as this. (And lest it be forgotten, the government already increased welfare spending for FY 2010 by $174.6 billion.) Moreover, the new funding would not even be dispensed to states based on their unemployment rates but merely doled out based on the size of their caseload.
Unfortunately, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) has jumped on the bandwagon, proposing an even greater expansion to the welfare system. His legislation would allow states to collect as much federal money as needed to support their growing caseload (provided that the state does not receive more than 50 percent of its annual TANF dollars). The cost of this would dwarf the President’s $2.5 billion request. Both Obama and McDermott are sending a clear message to states: increase your welfare rolls and you will be rewarded handsomely by the federal taxpayer.
Not only does the President plan to expand welfare, but he has also eliminated a program that aims to reduce the prevalence of single motherhood, one of the greatest contributors to poverty in the United States. The Healthy Marriage grant program provides help to those from low-income communities to 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, focused very little on fatherhood, marriage, or families.
The 1996 welfare reform 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 off the dole and up to independence.
The more people who depend on government the more power over the people this government has. Of course this is not a sustainable course so eventually the government will fail, but since this is the aim of the Progressives in order to turn the United States, the last stronghold of freedom and independence, over to the World Government then the Progressives and their current leader Barack Obama are right on course. Hear me: Obama’s budget and all of his provisions in the budget will pass with no debate or concern from either party. BB