While Obama has been a pretty consistent and principled socialist, there are times when he has vacillated for political expedience. In light of the current fight over Obama’s gutting of welfare reform, we might want to take a trip down memory lane and study Obama’s position on welfare reform.
1997: During a floor debate in the Illinois legislature (one of the few times he showed up), Obama said the following about the 1996 welfare reform bill: (page 42)“…I probably would not have supported the federal legislation, because I think it had some problems.”
1998: In a speech before the Brookings Institute, Obama said, “I was not a huge supporter of the federal plan that was signed in 1996…”
Then in 2008, ABC News noted the following about Obama while he was running for president: “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.”
And now that he is president?
Welfare reform, RIP.
As Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector notes:
“The Obama administration is waiving the federal requirement that ensures a portion of able-bodied TANF recipients must engage in work activities. It is replacing that requirement with a standard that shows that the pre-reform welfare program was successful and the post-reform program a failure. If that is not gutting welfare reform, it is difficult to imagine what would be.”
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