As you know by now, Obama unilaterally (and illegally) gutted welfare reform this week to make it easier for able-bodied adults to remain dependent on government handouts indefinitely. It’s bad news for welfare recipients who will become further imprisoned at the bottom of the economic ladder, and terrible news for taxpayers and for America’s future.
But as this ABC News piece from 2008 makes clear, Obama is returning to his real views on welfare with this move. He only pretended to support work requirements for those on the dole when he needed to move toward the center for the 2008 general election.
Barack Obama aligned himself with welfare reform on Monday, launching a television ad which touts the way the overhaul "slashed the rolls by 80 percent." Obama leaves out, however, that he was against the 1996 federal legislation which precipitated the caseload reduction. . . .
Obama’s transformation from critic to champion of welfare reform is the latest in a series of moves to the center [s]ince capturing the Democratic nomination. . . .
The shift in Obama’s rhetoric on welfare reform has proceeded in stages. When former President Bill Clinton was poised to sign welfare reform while running for re-election in 1996, Obama called it "disturbing." A decade later, as an underdog running for president against Clinton’s wife, he spent 2007 avoiding the subject. By the time Obama emerged as the Democratic frontrunner in the spring of 2008, he began leaving the impression that he was for it all along. . . .
While the states played an important role in helping people make the transition from welfare to work, the truly controversial decision which sparked the dramatic reduction in the welfare rolls was the one made by Clinton at the federal level.
The bill passed by a Republican Congress and signed by Clinton included work requirements and time limits. . . .
Now, with the Democratic nomination firmly in hand, Obama is going one step further. In an ad airing in 18 states, including 14 carried by President Bush in 2004, Obama is celebrating a reduction in the welfare caseload made possible by legislation he originally opposed.
Remember, this is not Fox News or Rush Limbaugh. This is ABC/Disney, a card-carrying member in good standing of the Democrat Media Complex (DMC).
Why would Obama do this now? The conventional wisdom among pundits is that he is doing this to shore up his demoralized liberal base. While this may be true, I see it differently. I think he realizes he is likely to lose, and he is trying to lock in as much of his extreme agenda as he can in these closing months of his presidency. Making the dole more attractive and more addictive, his unilateral amnesty for illegals, Obamacare’s war on Christianity: full speed ahead towards an America transformed.
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