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Tell Congress: Draft Legislation to Make States 'Pay Their Way' through Welfare Programs

During the 2008 presidential campaign a woman famously bragged on-camera that she wouldn’t have to worry about paying her mortgage or putting gas in her car, because she was going to “help” Obama by getting him elected, and then he would help her by taking care of all her needs.

It seems she wasn’t far off with her prediction.

This July, Barack Obama bypassed Congress — again — and quietly renewed work-waivers for states, ensuring that his gutting of welfare reform remains a reality for yet another year.

And according to a September 14 report from the Congressional Research Service has shown that Obama’s own welfare “reforms” since he took office has already caused the number of food stamp recipients to double. 

So how did we get here?

In 1996, Congress passed and Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act effectively curbing and reforming our up-until-that-point unbridled welfare system, and, as a result, poverty dropped. A Heritage report notes that “the reform successfully helped move welfare recipients off of the rolls and into jobs and cut the welfare caseload by half within five years.” How? Work was mandated.

In 1996 work became a requirement for “able-bodied adults without dependents” (ABAWDs) to receive benefits. Specifically, these individuals were required to fulfill one of the below options or forego aid altogether after their 3-month limit:

·         Work at least half-time (20 hours in a week)

·         Participate in an employment and training program for at least 20 hours per week; or

·         Participate in a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program) “workfare” program for at least 20 hours per week.

However, after Obama became President all of this changed – tucked within the many pages of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Section 101(e) removed the time-limits for individuals who were not working 20 hours a week. This little provision lasted for over a year (April 2009 – September 30, 2010) and has been “silently renewed” by the President ever since for the sake of “economic recovery”.

Since Obama continues to ignore our system of government, alert citizens like us need to continue to push back against his un-Constitutional actions by forcing Congress to stop his behavior, or at least, to prevent his proclamations from taking effect.

Petition your US Representative and Senators now and tell them to draft legislation eliminating federal aid to states who take advantage of Obama's latest gutting of "Work Free" welfare. Let states who go along with Obama’s welfare system pay their own way. Contact the US Congress now and make sure they know you are outraged that President Obama is acting alone as a dictator!

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Harry E. from Oakley, CA signed.
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Someone from Catalina, AZ writes:
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Work is good and the best incentive to work harder is to use work as the necessary qualification for minimum assistance. Most people will soon realize if they work a little more, a little harder, they will achieve a better result than the minimum requirements provides them with.
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Gary C. from Stanley, NC signed.
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Someone from Parrish, FL writes:
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deny Obama the chance to gut welfare any further and pass a "pay your own way" piece of legislation that would block all federal welfare funds from entering states that participate in Obama's work-waivers.
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Wilbur E. from Laguna Niguel, CA writes:
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Give a man a fish or teach him how to fish. Personal responsibility is part of being an adult. Unless a person is proven to be mentally or physically incapable, they should contribute to society in some way.
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Joseph L. from Middletown, NY signed.
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LOREE C. from Bonney Lake, WA writes:
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Obama's famous claim ..":everyone should pay their fair share"..OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT APPLY TO THE 47% WHO DO NOT PAY ANY TAXES. HOW CAN ANYONE SAY THAT IS FAIR ? Collect tax out of their freebees.
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Leland F. from Riverside, MO writes:
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The ability of POTUS OBAMA to make "legislation" through proclamation MUST be Stopped! We have too much to lose as a country to allow him to Continue this practice.
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JOHN W. from Alton, IL signed.
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Maureen M. from New Windsor, MD writes:
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Chronic dependence on welfare is always self perpetuating and ALWAYS results in failure to progress toward freedom and independance. Unless that result is your goal, the hard won reforms to our welfare system must be upheld to truly help the needy. The best outlets for charity should be charitable organizations and not the government. Government should govern and at a minimum necessary to do that.
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Bradley J. from Hephzibah, GA signed.
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Kathy S. from Windermere, FL writes:
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America started to decline once our Government decided to run it as a massive charity. It's been downhill ever since and will probably never recover!
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Kay M. from Winter Haven, FL writes:
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Quit spending MY hard-earned money. I'm tired of supporting everyone else, when I can't wite them off onmy taxes. Kay
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