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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!

Public Comments
Apr 26th, 2013
Someone from Durango, CO writes:
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free food and housing for votes is all it is. Once the 11 million illegal mexicans become legal its pretty much over for Real americans.
Apr 26th, 2013
Dee H. from Bullhead City, AZ writes:
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The War On Poverty was one of the worst ideals that has ever been done to the Constitution!! We have spent Trillions of dollars to try to help the poor and it has only made it worse for them. It is worse than the hated "Slavery" that was so hated! It has ruined more families than slavery ever did. They have become totally dependent on the handouts that they receive and have lost all perspective on working for a living. Free the Slaves---Stop the War of Poverty and allow these people to join American society again.
Apr 26th, 2013
R I. from Largo, FL signed.
Apr 25th, 2013
Someone from Lovettsville, VA writes:
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If you really want to get the economy moving, get people back to work!
Apr 25th, 2013
Tom D. from Green Bay, WI signed.
Apr 25th, 2013
Someone from Boyne City, MI signed.
Apr 16th, 2013
Robert L. from Old Hickory, TN signed.
Apr 14th, 2013
David G. from Lagrange, GA signed.
Apr 10th, 2013
Someone from Windham, CT signed.
Apr 10th, 2013
Carl S. from Las Cruces, NM signed.
Apr 10th, 2013
Martin F. from Zimmerman, MN signed.
Apr 10th, 2013
Someone from Glenns Ferry, ID signed.
Apr 9th, 2013
William T. from Atlanta, GA signed.
Apr 9th, 2013
susan l. from Patchogue, NY writes:
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what happens when welfare recipients outnumber the workers? or when the workers income cannot support welfare? and that time may be getting close.
Apr 9th, 2013
John C. from Alpine, TX signed.
Apr 9th, 2013
Leah C. from Alpine, TX signed.
Apr 9th, 2013
Kenan W. from Clemmons, NC signed.
Apr 9th, 2013
Connie C. from Commerce City, CO signed.
Apr 7th, 2013
Hubert S. from Springfield, MO signed.
Apr 6th, 2013
Lynn L. from Loudon, TN signed.
Apr 6th, 2013
Chuck & Peggy D. from Bancroft, MI signed.
Apr 5th, 2013
Geoffrey W G. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
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Someone from Titusville, FL signed.
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Someone from Titusville, FL signed.
Apr 4th, 2013
Someone from Chula Vista, CA signed.
Apr 4th, 2013
Ron & Margaret F. from Omaha, AR signed.
Apr 4th, 2013
Edie B. from Dayton, NV writes:
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Welfare should also be Workfare at minimum wage, with a mandate to attend classes for work that is looking for skilled/trained people. At the same time, I believe that Senators and Congressmen/ women should forego their high political perks and go on Social Security and Medicare, with no retirement or other perks because all terms should be limited to two for all government employees.
Apr 4th, 2013
Richard L. from Nixa, MO signed.
Apr 4th, 2013
Paul S. from Orange Park, FL signed.
Apr 2nd, 2013
Larry E. E. from Liberty, MO signed.
Apr 2nd, 2013
Martin F. from Zimmerman, MN signed.
Apr 1st, 2013
Robert L. from Old Hickory, TN signed.
Mar 29th, 2013
Edward S. from Staten Island, NY signed.
Mar 29th, 2013
Raffaele C. from Killeen, TX writes:
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STOP WELFARE COMPLETELY: IF YOU DO NOT WORK YOU DO NOT EAT .
Mar 29th, 2013
Thomas A. from Continental, OH signed.
Mar 29th, 2013
bailey p. from Jackson, TN signed.
Mar 28th, 2013
Someone from Evans, GA signed.
Mar 28th, 2013
rick r. from Fenton, MO signed.
Mar 27th, 2013
ROBERT AND BELINDA c. from Cleveland, TX writes:
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TIRED OF SUPPORTING PEOPLE TO SIT HOME AND PLAY VIDEOS, TALK ON CELL PHONES WE PAY FOR, EAT BETTER THAN THE PEOPLE THAT WORK, CAN AFFORD MANICURES THAT I CANT , MEDICAL THAT PEOPLE THAT WORK CANT AFFORD AND DENTAL CARE FOR THEIR KIDS THAT OUR KIDS CANT GET GET THEM OFF THEIR BUTTS PUT A LIMIT HOW LONG THEY CAN HAVE BENEFITS UNLESS THEY ARE SENIORS AND SEVERLY DISABLED
Mar 26th, 2013
Roy K. from Wheaton, IL signed.