Obama guts welfare reform: The Romney campaign is trying its best to get back on track with a concerted new attack on President Obama in new 30-second advertisement, “Right Choice,” that says, “Obama guts welfare reform.” That would work except Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts is just as questionable. Um, I can see the “Food Stamp President” label coming back. Now who will be the first to drop that?
Mitt Romney’s campaign is launching a new offensive on Tuesday accusing President Obama of “unilaterally dismantling” the 1990s bipartisan welfare reform.
On the campaign trail beginning Tuesday in Illinois and in a new television advertisement, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee plans to argue that the Obama administration is turning the federal welfare program into “just a handout” with last month’s decision to allow waivers to states from welfare work requirements.
This is Romney’s latest attempt to cast Obama as a big-government liberal and to drive a wedge between the president and the popular legacy of one of his Democratic predecessors, President Clinton.
“President Obama is unilaterally dismantling President Clinton’s welfare reforms,” Romney campaign spokesman Andrea Saul said in a statement. “Instead of tough work requirements, the president’s policies could change welfare to work into old-fashioned welfare. As president, Mitt Romney will restore the bipartisan work requirement in welfare so that workers have the dignity of a job and not just a handout.”
The Obama campaign responded by noting that in 2005, then-Massachusetts governor Romney and most other Republican governors requested state waivers similar to those the Obama administration began allowing with the Department of Health and Human Services’ July 12 announcement.
“Under the President’s policy, states can build the welfare to work program that is best for them, and can apply for waivers from federal requirements that get in their way,” according to an Obama campaign statement. “This new policy cannot be used to weaken welfare reform.”
Romney plans to make his case in campaign appearances starting Tuesday, Saul said, and his message will be amplified by a new 30-second television advertisement, “Right Choice,” that says, “Obama guts welfare reform.” Source: Washington Post
Well, welfare is a dirty little word for the Republicans and it will rally the base, but what of Romney’s record? Personally, I don’t believe in accepting hand-outs from the government and I absolutely despise those people who have made it their civic duty to live on welfare, rather than use it as a temporary fix when they are between jobs with little money saved. I believe that the Obama administration could have done a lot more to help the economy improve, particularly when the Democrats had a majority in the House and Senate. I know some of my readers hate when I invoke the name of George W. Bush, but it is a fact that the country sank to its lowest levels under his watch and I don’t believe any president, Republican or Democrat, could have dug us out of this mess in four years.
Here’s an interesting take from First Read:
“These new attacks might seem scattershot to some, maybe to buy time before this month’s VP pick. But they also seem like an attempt to try to knock the Obama campaign off message and drive the daily news cycle instead of being on the receiving end.”
Still, no matter how many times Mitt Romney slams his opponent, the Obama campaign just reaches into his scanty experience pool and comes up with something matching whatever he’s attacking them on. Whatever it’s worth, the Romney campaign wants to get off the tax return squabble and focus on the economy. Obama guts welfare reform is the new code word for Food Stamp president. If Mitt Romney could show me that he’s a better alternative to Obama, on all fronts, then maybe he would be the lesser of two evils for me, but he seems like Romneyhood, who will take from the poor and give to the rich.
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