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Unraveling Welfare Reform

Recorded on August 10, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Time after time, President Obama keeps bending the law and claiming that he has power to change things unilaterally, bypassing Congress.

Civil rights, same-sex marriage, amnesty for illegal immigrants,. Now welfare reform has taken center stage.

The success of 1996' welfare reform in 1996 was that it created time limits and mandatory work requirements that could NOT be waived by the federal or state governments.

Now Obama's administration says they'll waive them anyway and invite states to re-define what is counted as work. We can expect loose definitions that give the illusion that more people are working, but only because unrelated activities are counted as if they were work.

This is about more than reducing dependency on government, or saving billions of taxpayer dollars. This fight is also over whether a President can act like a dictator who claims power to do whatever he wants.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.