Into the mind of Obama
posted by Tom Patterson
at 1 August, 10:25 AM 0
Why would Barack Obama gut welfare reform? There’s no question that’s what he did with his July 12 memo offering waivers to states of the work requirements that are the heart and soul of welfare reform. The program, signed by President Clinton in 1996, was a proven winner. Poverty rates dropped dramatically, especially for minorities, and welfare caseloads fell by half. But what most Americans would regard as a triumph – reduced dependence on government – Barack Obama sees as a problem. This is a president who told successful entrepreneurial job creators “you didn’t build that”, chiding those who thought their own hard work might have been instrumental in their success when we all know help from government is the key ingredient. This is the president who authorized “Julia”, a series of vignettes describing a woman aided at every turn in her life by the comforting hand of government programs. This is the president who quadrupled the size of food stamps on his watch with intensive marketing and admitted to favoring the capital gains tax increase in the name of fairness, even if it didn’t produce revenue. See the pattern? Our community organizer president has never accomplished anything in the private sector and doesn’t know a thing about wealth creation. He doesn’t have a clue about what made America an economic powerhouse and lifted millions out of poverty. In his world, poor people are entitled to the fruits of the labor of their better-off countrymen and it is the job of government to make that happen. The rest of us may think welfare reform was one of the great policy successes of recent decades, but for Obama and his allies, it had to go.
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