Skip to comments.Romney camp argues welfare reform shows how Obama more liberal than Clinton
Posted on 08/07/2012 1:00:28 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Mitt Romneys presidential campaign says Barack Obamas gutting of welfare reform shows how the president is much more liberal than former Democratic President Bill Clinton.
President Obama apparently believes that Bill Clinton was way too conservative, said Ted Cruz, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Texas, in a Tuesday conference call organized by the Romney campaign.
The campaign plans to start running television ads about Obamas dismantling of bipartisan welfare reform passed during the Clinton administration in 1996, Romney officials said Tuesday.
In June, the Obama administration issued a memo removing work requirements for welfare recipients that were a hallmark of the welfare reform package. Obama officials argue the changes give the states more flexibility in dealing with the program....
....On Tuesday, Cruz argued that the maneuver on welfare reform is a sign that Obama is far, far to left of the Clinton administration. He also said Obama resorted to the change in an election year to please some of the political ideologues in his party.
I dont think sacrificing the welfare of the most vulnerable in society for political purposes which is what President Obama and his administration is doing is right or makes any sense at all, Cruz said.
....Cruz, who won a Republican run-off in Texas last week, argued the Obama administrations position is both fiscally irresponsible and yet another action of executive arrogance by this president.
If he disagreed with requiring welfare recipients to work or seek work, he couldve gone to Congress. He could have proposed new legislation. He couldve tried to make the case to the American people. But he did not do that, Cruz said.
The former Texas solicitor general also said the policy hurts the recipients of welfare.
The most compelling reason behind the bipartisan welfare reform that we saw is that helping those receiving government assistance to get jobs to stand on their own feet fundamentally transforms their lives, Cruz said. We are not doing anybody a favor by giving them welfare in perpetuity and making them dependent on government.....
This would’ve been an excellent attack had Romney’s own record in Massachusetts not been as liberal on welfare handouts as both Clinton and Obama, possibly more so. Mitt was giving cars & car insurance to welfare recipients through his administration’s department of transitional assistance. I wish I was kidding.