Some working to restore work requirement to getting welfare!
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As many of you may remember I saw red when Obama cut the work requirement from the welfare programs. Actually of the 30+ welfare programs there are only a measly 2 that require the recipient to work! This is evil!!!! People should never ever be given something for nothing! with the exception of children, the disabled elderly and the truly disabled. A side note here: I do NOT consider being obese a disability that tax payers should pay the person for and yet 12% of those on disability are there using their obesity as the “disability” that allows them to sit on their fat asses and eat on your dollar! I am fat and have been a good bit of my life but it never stopped me from working. It was something I alone was at fault for.)
Now to get back on topic: President Obama in his rush to get more people on government dole and therefore willing to vote for those who are willing to give them more and more for nothing, cut the work requirement from Clinton’s 1996 workfare welfare program. Obama even made “reading library books” a replacement for actual work to get welfare! Considering I read at least three books a week and have most of my life, as well as perhaps a dozen newspapers and newsletter daily I wonder just how much Obama would consider my contribution to society worth? Anyhow, there are some in Congress who are trying to reverse with legislation the ill advise actions of the evil we now have in the White House. Please support these efforts and keep the letters going to you congressmen and women. And remember to get out the vote in 2014 to get the Republicans in both houses of congress. Harry Reid will allow nothing to happen of any good to the country as long as he and his Democratic cohorts control the Senate. BB
Welfare Reform Is Back (from the Heritage Foundation Newsletter)
Last summer, the Obama Administration gutted the successful 1996 welfare reform law by offering to waive its work requirements. Now the debate is back, as several Members of Congress are trying to restore the reforms that helped so many out of poverty.
The work requirements were the heart and soul of the historic welfare reform signed by President Bill Clinton. As a result of “workfare,” welfare rolls declined by half within five years, and employment rates among low-income individuals increased.
Some of the biggest winners from workfare were children. Millions of children were lifted out of poverty. In 2003, the nation had the lowest level of poverty among black children in its history.
The Obama Administration’s undoing of this program threatens to set back America’s children and families. Conservative Members of Congress introduced legislation last week that would overturn the Administration’s plans to allow states to waive work requirements from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. At a hearing last Thursday, Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA)said:
It is critical for us to review the damaging effects of waiving TANF work requirements, which could result in less work and earnings, and more poverty and government dependence.
The reforms need to be restored and strengthened. However, TANF is just one of several welfare programs operated by the federal government to provide cash, food, housing, and health care assistance to poor and low-income Americans. Today, taxpayers fund roughly 80 different programs at a cost of nearly $1 trillion a year for these purposes. These include:
12 programs providing food aid;
12 programs funding social services;
12 educational assistance programs;
11 housing assistance programs;
10 programs providing cash assistance;
9 vocational training programs;
7 medical assistance programs;
3 energy and utility assistance programs; and,
3 child care and child development programs.
How many of the government’s 80-plus welfare programs include a work requirement? Just two.
While Americans are a compassionate people who want to help our neighbors truly in need, the overwhelming majority also understand the importance of promoting self-reliance and a better future through work. Regardless of political affiliation, more than 90 percent of individuals say that able-bodied adults should work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving cash, food, housing or medical care from the government.
Work requirements should not only be restored to the TANF program but should also be expanded to other government welfare programs, such as food stamps, one of the largest and fastest-growing welfare programs.
At a hearing last month, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) highlighted the critical need to reform the nation’s massive welfare system. He noted:
It is time to return to the moral principles of the 1996 welfare reform. That reform was guided by the principle that, over time, unmonitored welfare programs were damaging not merely to the Treasury but to the recipient.
Thanks to the 1996 welfare reform, people’s lives were changed for the better. Americans were lifted out of poverty. We need to expand these ideas, applying principles that help reduce dependence and allow more Americans to pursue the path of upward mobility to other government assistance programs.
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