House Committee Passes Resolution of Disapproval for HHS Welfare Waivers

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 12:40 pm

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a resolution today that would overturn the Administration’s new welfare waiver policy under an oversight law called the Congressional Review Act. Another vote is expected in the House Education and the Workforce Committee later today, at which point the resolution could head to the floor of the House. This takes an issue that became a centerpiece of the Presidential election, with Mitt Romney’s campaign claiming (falsely) that the President “removed the work requirement for welfare,” and puts it squarely into Congress.


Reforming Welfare and Gutting the Poor: A Bipartisan Platform

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 5:00 pm

The Romney camp’s new attack line on the Obama administration–that he “gutted” the work requirements imposed on families receiving public assistance–has been widely debunked as a distortion of a mundane policy memo. But the real scandal here isn’t what Obama did or didn’t do to “workfare”; it’s that both parties have gutted the welfare system as a whole to conduct a cruel social experiment on impoverished families.

Lying in Post-Fact America

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 6:35 am

We live in a time when the media literally thinks it’s a separate job to separate true from false in reporting on national political figures. They think their main job is theater criticism.

The Facts Don’t Matter to the Romney Campaign

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 12:30 pm

It would appear the Romney team is now fully banking on their ability to run a campaign focused around things that are simply not true. The campaign admitted that their highly racially tinged ad that falsely accuses Obama of gutting the work requirements for Welfare reform is their most effective ad, so they intend to keep using it even though numerous media have declared it flatly untrue.

Republican Campaign Was Always Going to Highlight a Race-Based Appeal

By: Monday August 27, 2012 12:52 pm

Lots of people are talking about Chris Matthews teeing off on Reince Priebus today, accusing the GOP of “playing the race card” against the President. Mitt Romney’s birther joke, their blatantly false ad accusing the President of removing the work requirement from welfare and the framing of the debate over Medicare, that “you paid into it” and now your benefits are being “stolen” for those other people to get Obamacare, seem calculated to play into this.

More on the Irrelevant Welfare Debate in the Presidential Campaign

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 12:10 pm

This welfare dustup in the Presidential election, as I said earlier in the week, generates a lot of heat as an argument while being irrelevant to the actual issue. Newt Gingrich, the architect of welfare reform in the 1990s who has been employed by the Romney campaign as a spokesman, admitted last night that there’s no proof that the waivers provided by the Department of Health and Human Services would lead to direct cash payments to beneficiaries, which it wouldn’t.

Romney Attacks Obama on “Gutting Welfare Reform,” But Nobody Notes that Welfare Reform Failed

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 2:50 pm

Mitt Romney has a new ad attacking President Obama for undermining “welfare reform” by removing the work requirements. That’s false. First, the “waiver” process leaves to states how best to achieve the same goals, and second, GOP governors, including MA Gov. Mitt Romney in 2005, asked for the waiver process. But more important, the claim ignores the fact the original “welfare reform” structure failed, unable to meet needs during an economic recession.

Bid to Restore Food Stamp Cuts Fails in Senate

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 10:20 am

Hundreds of thousands of food stamp recipients will lose at least $90 a month in benefits, after an amendment to the farm bill failed badly in the Senate.

The Pete Peterson Fiscal Summit and What It Says About Democrats

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 2:45 pm

On Pete Peterson Fiscal Summit, let’s marvel for a second at just how much influence Peterson has, that he can get pretty much everyone in Washington to kiss the hem of his garment. Former President Bill Clinton, House Speaker John Boehner, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and what seems like half of Congress were on hand at this thing. And the reason for this is simple: dollars and cents.

Romney-Rosen Firestorm Is Reminder: We Need to Redefine Gender Justice

By: Saturday April 21, 2012 7:00 pm

It’s almost poetic that this year’s Equal Pay Day—the one day of the year when Americans are supposed to reflect on the value (and undervaluing) of women’s work—coincided with the media firestorm surrounding the American stay-at-home-mom. The “controversy” over Ann Romney’s decision to stay home rather than work a “regular” job should highlight some of the continuing struggles of women to be valued and respected for their work, in and out of the home.

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