Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Obama and his idea of "work"

Guess what Obama’s up to now. We’ve already established that he really likes big government and wants to keep growing it, right? He wants people dependent on the government so that they will continue to support the big government that supports them. We’ve got that straight, right? Well, listen to what he wants to do with “welfare reform.” It’s another end-run around Congress.

In 1996 President Clinton signed into law The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. This was truly welfare reform. The 1996 act required people who were receiving time-limited assistance to work or to participate in job-training programs, and the federal government rewarded states that had high percentages of people moving from welfare to work.

Under the 1996 law—passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, remember—after two years of assistance, recipients had to go to work. If families had been receiving assistance for five cumulative years, they were no longer eligible for cash aid from the government.

So what does Obama want to do, you ask? He wants the White House—not the federal government because that would mean he’d have to change the law LEGALLY and go through Congress—he wants the White House to issue waivers to people changing the definition of what it means to “work.” Are you ready to hear what he considers “work”? I don’t think you are, but I’m going to tell you anyway. Obama wants to grant people “work” waivers if they:

• Are on bed rest
• Engage in motivational reading
• Get massages
• Exercise
• Engage in journaling
• Engage in personal care activities
• Stop smoking
• Engage in weight loss promotion
• Participate in parent-teacher meetings
• Help a friend/relative with chores

How can people support this man? He wants as many people in this country dependent on the government as he can possibly make happen. Look what he’s done so far. Think about what could happen in another four years.

Please, vote to save our United States of America in November.


  1. At least we have the Government to thank for the success of our small business...

    1. The arrogance of that man continues to astound me...and scare me.

  2. If we're going to attack someone, let's do it on substance and fact. The welfare reform argument has been debunked by countless credible sources. Among many, here's the Christian Science Monitor:


    The truth is that Obama was cooperating with governors (several of whom are Republicans) who requested these changes to give them more flexibility in how they manage their welfare rolls, as long as it produced 20% increases in the number of people getting work. In fact, Romney was among 28 governors who signed a letter requesting this waiver in 2005. It's a good thing, so let's not cut off our nose to spite our face. Cutting waste, cooperating with state government...these are the Republican ideals of which I was raised.

    1. I just saw your comment, "Anonymous," or I would have replied sooner. I checked out your link. There was no substance to it. It bad-mouthed people, but it didn't put up any facts to support your claims. My stats come from the Congressional Budget Office. Obama is willing to going around Congress to give waivers for the types of "work" I listed. Are you happy with him making these kinds of unilateral decisions? Are you happy with the incredibly high numbers of people who are receiving some kind of government aid and the fact that those numbers continue to grow? Who pays for that? Those of us who work and pay taxes--that's who. I don't want to pay for someone to receive aid when they're claiming to work by writing in their journals or getting a massage. Educate yourself. Truly educate yourself. Or be prepared to kiss the country you've grown up in goodbye. Obama is out to change it in a way that we may never be able to undo.