As the press perpetuates its witch hunt over Romney’s tax returns, Obama has decided to undo, by executive fiat, one of the most important accomplishment of the Clinton years—Temporary assistance to Needy Families.
TANF, or welfare reform, required those receiving welfare who were capable of working to work. As the editors at National Review note, “In the years after reform took effect, 3.6 million people — and 2.9 million children — escaped poverty; childhood hunger was halved; employment among single mothers skyrocketed; and the rise in out-of-wedlock childbearing slowed. All of this happened even as the welfare caseload was cut in half.”
Surely Obama is aware of these FACTS, and surely he can surmise that a return to a New Deal approach to welfare will result in an increase in dependence.
Which is to say, there’s little doubt that Obama is anxious to make sure that our increasing desire to demand smaller government reverses itself.