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WELFARE. The House has the opportunity to preserve welfare work requirements with H.R. 890, a bill that will repeal the Obama administration’s July 12, 2012 memo allowing states to seek waivers for welfare work requirements.
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LABOR DEPARTMENT. It comes as no surprise that President Obama has chosen a partisan liberal from the far left on board as Secretary of Labor, and the appointee’s record on civil rights advocacy speaks volumes:
Perez is better known for his civil rights advocacy than for his work regarding labor issues. But that work establishes him as one of the administration’s most strident liberals and zealous activists.
Perez is a man with a mission who sees only modest change in the country from the ’60s. “Crosses are still burned in yards across the nation’s heartland,” Perez said at a 2010 Martin Luther King Day event in Greensboro, N.C.
He is particularly aggressive on issues related to immigration and voter fraud. He led the division’s efforts to sue Texas and South Carolina over voter ID laws, succeeding in getting the Texas law overturned. Florida was also sued for its efforts to strip noncitizens from the voter rolls.
The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector and Jennifer Marshall have produced a paper that excellently outlines the two visions that America has for welfare. They contend that the goal of welfare should be to get people out of poverty and assist them on a path to independence. The alternative to this is, of course, continued and prolonged government dependence.
Their suggestion, then, is that the work of welfare reform is unfinished business that needs to be completed if greater numbers of Americans are to free themselves of the rut of government dependence. And, welfare reform took a hit when the Obama administration gutted the successful 1996 work requirement.
To put the discussion the proper context, they explain that poverty in the United States is not the “Dickensian privation suggested by advocacy groups and the media.” Did you know that the typical poor American lives in an apartment or house that is in good repair and is not overcrowded? Even more clarity is provided when you think about the fact that the average home of a poor American is larger than the home of the average citizen in France, the United Kingdom, or Germany.
Newark (NJ) Mayor Corey Booker is trying to make the case that the government should increase food stamp benefits by means of a self-imposed challenge to rely solely on food stamps to purchase all of his food. The left has pulled this stunt before. Fortunately, Senator Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) website explains the food stamp program is meant to be supplemental, not to pay for complete meal replacements.
This type of liberal propaganda totally distorts the original purpose of the food stamp program or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which was “originally created to distribute surplus food as determined by the United States Agricultural Department and prevent malnourishment during the Great Depression.”
Today, liberals think that more and more money needs to be funneled into these programs. They – both the programs and the liberals’ argument – are very flawed. In fact, Heritage explains, “If converted to cash, means-tested welfare spending is more than five times the amount needed to eliminate all poverty in the United States.”
Immigration and the rule of law are not two irreconcilable realities in the United States. The existence of the former should not trump or degrade the latter. Conservatives recognize this more than anyone else. Unfortunately, the Daily Caller reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun to promote welfare to immigrants. Yes, you read that correctly.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States,” features a section on its website on how to access government benefits. The benefits they’re touting include food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Medicare, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). They also list the Benefits.gov website to ensure that once they’ve made the pitch, immigrants will have further information about how to act on their advice.
Have the folks at DHS thought about the implications of promoting welfare to immigrants? Maybe they have. Perhaps they realize that this will engender in new Americans a culture of dependency rather than self-reliance and hard work.
Even though the term “welfare state” may make the left cringe, it is becoming an unfortunate reality, and the number 1 trillion doesn’t lie.
The Heritage Foundation has produced this graph showing the growth in welfare spending from 1950 to 2012. In 2011, welfare spending reached nearly $1 trillion a year. Though liberals would have you believe otherwise, conservatives more than any other group of people want everyone to have the opportunity to succeed. Not only that, but we want a society that encourages hard work and gives people an incentive to get out of the trenches of welfare and make something of themselves instead of demonizing success.