Obama moves to undo Bill Clinton’s signature legislative accomplishment
The Obama Administration is attempting to destroy the success of the signature legislative accomplishment of the Clinton presidency, welfare reform.
Rector and Bradley of Heritage (among the first to attack Obama’s action) make the case that the law’s work requirements were specifically designed to not be waivable, and that Obama is using HHS’s authority to waive state reporting requirements as a tricky way of voiding the underlying substantive requirements that are to be reported about. The Heritage argument–that what HHS did was illegal–seems powerful..
The now-familiar imperial method of legislation via policy directive in this case is as disingenuous as it is idiotic: with a between-the-lines wink and nudge, tell the states they no longer have to fulfill those odious welfare reform reporting requirements. And the implicit conclusion is that without having these reporting requirements, states are free do to as they wish.
What’s the political benefit for Obama in trying to undo the intent of a piece of popular, well-regarded, and effective legislation? It approaches zero.
And yet, the policy directive was certainly offered with the Administration’s endorsement and forethought.
Those who suggest (based on hope, faith, and charity versus evidence, it would seem) that Obama is our most intelligent president give him far too much credit.
And on that note, where are the LSATs, SATs, ACTs, college applications, and transcripts, Barry? After all, information longs to be free.