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Governing By Fiat, Example 256: Obama Guts Welfare Reform

Administration quietly removes the work requirement–the whole cornerstone to fixing welfare in the 1990s

The major key to welfare reform in the 1990s was the requirement that those receiving assistance had to work, or at least try to work. The Heritage Foundation’s Foundry Blog reports that yesterday, without Congressional action, the Obama administration completely removed the welfare work requirement, allowing the Secretary of Labor to “waive compliance with any of the requirements” of the welfare reform law.

Let me figure this out:  President Obama’s administration just re-wrote the hugely successful welfare reform of the 1990s simply by issuing a directive?

Yes. It’s part of a trend. President Obama now has a track record of governing by fiat, as Charles Krauthammer put it earlier this year (1/2 page). So, if Obama governs this way no, with little regard for constitutional limits on his power, what happens when “after my election I have more flexibility,” as he told Vladimir Putin’s messenger, Dmitry Medvedev? Seriously, can you imagine a President Obama with more flexibility? There would no limits at all!

Read about President Obama’s extra-constitutional destruction of welfare reform at the Foundry Blog (1 page).

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