It must be difficult for those trying to take advantage of the welfare system in 2017. Their preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost to an American who built his wealth with hard work and determination and President Trump isn’t going to stand for welfare exploiters anymore.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump’s administration is reversing an Obama directive regarding welfare recipients. They are closing potential loopholes, making it harder for people to take advantage of the welfare system, kicking the moochers out and making them get a real job.
The Office of Family Assistance, part of the Department of Health & Human Services, issued an announcement stating they were restoring work requirements for welfare recipients – rescinding an Obama-era loophole that allowed states to request waivers.
“Re-emphasizing the work requirements in the welfare program means once again promoting gainful employment and economic independence as goals for every family,” said HHS Assistant Secretary Steven Wagner.
The Obama directive dates back to 2012, in which the former president caused quite a stir over rescinding the work requirements from the 1996 welfare reform bill. It became an issue big enough that Mitt Romney released a political attack ad on the decision during the campaign.
“President Obama now wants to strip the established work requirements from welfare,” said Romney at the time. “The president’s action is completely misdirected. Work is a dignified endeavor, and the linkage of work and welfare is essential to prevent welfare from becoming a way of life.”
Although Obama technically did not end the work requirement for welfare, he did allow states to decide on their own what constituted “work.” This flexibility could have potentially allowed states to let almost anyone qualify for welfare if they wanted to.
The ultra-liberal state of California, for example, if it wanted to abuse this stipulation and give as much welfare as possible, could have been able to define attendance of Weight Watchers as “work,” thus keeping more people on the state’s welfare rolls without making them work real jobs.
As many already know, Obama has had a long and well-documented record of opposing welfare reform. When he was a state senator in Illinois, Obama spoke out against implementing President Clinton’s 1996 welfare legislation.
The Trump administration is restoring work requirements for welfare recipients. Do you support this policy reversal?
In fact, Obama’s stimulus actually went so far as to pay states bonuses for increasing, not decreasing, the number of people on their welfare rolls. It seems that the previous administration’s mission was to get as many Americans hooked on welfare as possible – like a drug dealer trying to get his clients addicted to product.
People who take welfare money become dependent on the government to provide for them, and will most likely vote Democrat – the party that believes in welfare spending. However, living this way was never a part of the American dream, and the founding fathers would be ashamed to see welfare moochers exploiting our nation.
Thankfully, Trump’s actions regarding the welfare state have been in stark contrast to Obama’s. By reversing this Obama loophole, Trump is sending a clear message to all those who thought they could just live off the government’s dime: get a job.