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Administration Eases Burdensome Work Requirement for Welfare Recipients (SATIRE)
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 July 2012 | John Semmens

Posted on 07/14/2012 10:09:10 AM PDT by John Semmens

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued notice that it is rewriting the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) reform law of 1996. Specifically, HHS is notifying states that they may waive the law’s requirement that welfare recipients must seek work to be eligible for benefits.

Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) denounced the move calling it “a blatant violation of the law. The whole point of the work requirement was to get people to pull themselves out of poverty. The purpose of this reform was to convert welfare dependency from a way of life into just a temporary condition. By waiving this requirement HHS is saying that it’s okay to make dependency a permanent lifestyle. This is a disservice both to taxpayers and to the welfare recipients.”

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius characterized Jordan’s remarks as “an illustration of the clashing visions the President has said voters will have to choose between this November. As the GOP sees it, work is the center of the universe. But is this what most Americans really want out of life?”

“We know that people usually prefer leisure to work,” Sebelius argued. “Most only work because they feel they must. They look forward to the day they can retire. All we are doing here is bringing that day forward for as many people as we can. I mean, why should we try to force those who are already out of the workforce to get jobs that they’ll only hold until they retire? Isn’t that just wasted motion?”

The secretary dismissed statistics indicating that the TANF reform has helped nearly three million families get off the welfare rolls. “Republicans would have everyone believe that this is a sign of progress,” Sebelius said. “What they overlook is the significant reduction in leisure this represents. Parents who could’ve been spending more time with their children, watching TV, or just hanging out are now condemned to the wage-slavery that the work requirement has imposed on them.”

Sebelius hastened to add that the new HHS directive “doesn’t require states to waive the work requirement. States in thrall to the GOP’s vision may continue to reduce the number of people carried on their welfare rolls if they want. We’ll just give the federal aid saved to other states that are more in sync with the president’s vision.”

A recent Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) report calculated that the average taxpaying American has to work 197 days a year to pay for the cost of government—a statistic that Sebelius says “makes my point. The more people we can liberate from this treadmill of toil the greater will be the sum total of happiness in our society.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news posts you can find them at...

http://azconservative.org/2012/07/14/administration-eases-burdensome-work-requirement-for-welfare-recipients/


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: obama; satire; taxes; welfare

1 posted on 07/14/2012 10:09:20 AM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

There goes the “Welfare Reform” we worked so hard for back in the 1990s


2 posted on 07/14/2012 10:11:08 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: John Semmens

Wow, not even when it is in the title!

Oh well, it just makes it more fun despite some jerks best efforts...

:-)

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3 posted on 07/14/2012 10:17:37 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: John Semmens

So, less paperwork means less gubbmint hanger-ons, right?

Three cheers for Sebelius. Hip hip hooray ......


4 posted on 07/14/2012 10:18:00 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: John Semmens; tsowellfan
You still got one...
5 posted on 07/14/2012 10:19:07 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1270 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: John Semmens

...two...


6 posted on 07/14/2012 10:20:05 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1270 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: TLI

I just called the White House comment line. The receptionist knew nothing about the Expedited Retirement Plan for Welfare Recipients but she thought it was a good idea and would pass it on.


7 posted on 07/14/2012 10:23:56 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: tsowellfan

ERPWR... yeah! Take a little ride on J.G. line!


8 posted on 07/14/2012 10:28:46 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: John Semmens

Next he will want to make retired people work.


9 posted on 07/14/2012 10:56:24 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: mountainlion
I am retired, I got a a fair amount of money, I AIN'T WORKING, No GDanmed Way, no, not, never!
10 posted on 07/14/2012 11:13:33 AM PDT by Little Bill
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To: mountainlion

Well, they have shown an ability to work in the past. On the other hand, welfare recipients may not have the ability to hold onto a job.

I think the Obama guideline is from each according to ability, to each according to need.


11 posted on 07/14/2012 12:56:42 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens
I think the Obama guideline is from each according to ability, to each according to need.

I think is form each with ability to each according to their want.

12 posted on 07/14/2012 2:27:34 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: John Semmens

Thanks for posting [satire] in the title.


13 posted on 07/14/2012 3:33:44 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: John Semmens

bttt


14 posted on 07/14/2012 4:24:34 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! ! ..)
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To: Kevmo

Thanks for posting [satire] in the title.

It apparently needs to be a much larger font. ;)


15 posted on 07/14/2012 4:37:01 PM PDT by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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