Tuesday, August 7, 2012

McDonnell Blasts Obama's Gutting of Welfare Reform

President Obama claims to admire former President Bill Clinton, however, the Obama administration is seeking to gut the welfare reform act of 1996, which Clinton always cites as one of his great legacies. It seems with a stroke of a pen, as opposed to going to Congress to make a change, the Obama Administration is dropping the work requirement for welfare. In response Governor McDonnell wrote an Op-Ed in today’s Richmond Times Dispatch. Here is a sample:
"The Obama administration's recent decision was both unexpected and unexplainable, defying what we have learned from history and what we know about good government. Our nation was built on a commitment to the dignity and necessity of work. That commitment and its rewards have been passed down from generation to generation. And, in the 1990s, welfare reform ensured that value remained part of the laws governing our nation. Building on successful state programs, like our groundbreaking legislation here in Virginia that I was honored to carry in the legislature as a delegate, Congress strengthened the welfare safety net by adding a requirement that individuals receiving financial support must also look for and find work. It's known as "welfare-to-work" for short. And while some were concerned that the measures in this reform were too tough, their doubts were soon erased."
If it were not for executive orders and recess appointments Obama wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything.

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