Buried deep inside the massive spending orgy that Democrats jammed through the House this week lie five words that could drastically undo two decades of welfare reforms.With public support for this boondoggle rapidly eroding, let's hope more Americans realize what a fiasco this is and speak out against it. I notice the Democrats aren't exactly partying as if this is some great victory. Let them defend it and let's hope the Republicans, having finally found a little spine, wrap it around their necks come the midterm elections.
The very heart of the widely applauded Welfare Reform Act of 1996 is a cap on the amount of federal cash that can be sent to states each year for welfare payments.
But, thanks to the simple phrase slipped into the legislation, the new "stimulus" bill abolishes the limits on the amount of federal money for the so-called Emergency Fund, which ships welfare cash to states.
"Out of any money in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated such sums as are necessary for payment to the Emergency Fund," Democrats wrote in Section 2101 on Page 354 of the $819 billion bill. In other words, the only limit on welfare payments would be the Treasury itself.
"This re-establishes the welfare state and creates dependency all over the place," said one startled budget analyst after reading the line.
In addition to reopening the floodgates of dependency on federal welfare programs, the change once again deepens the dependency of state governments on the federal government.
President Obama won on promises of changing the way Washington works.
Gripped by perhaps the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Americans of every political stripe opted for "change."
Sick of reckless government, sleazy lobbyists, wild spending and deep borrowing that has scuttled America's great economic engine, voters embraced Obama's promise to be "post-partisan" and usher into the government a new era of responsibility and common sense.
But his presidency isn't two weeks old, and already warning flags have gone up.
Obama is wallpapering his administration with lobbyists, installed a tax cheat to run the Treasury Department and is pushing Congress to pass a massive, wildly unaffordable "stimulus" bill loaded with pork and reckless spending that plunges Americans even deeper into debt.
Friday, January 30, 2009
'This Re-establishes the Welfare State and Creates Dependency All Over the Place'
Think that massive "stimulus" bill passed by the Democrats the other day is a boondoggle? It's worse than you thought. Remember welfare reform? Bill Clinton had to be dragged kicking and screaming to sign that bill, as Democrats pretended to be centrist. Well, that's history.