Romney Claims Waivers He Used To Support Will ‘Gut Welfare Reform’

August 7, 2012 | By
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Mitt Romney caught again not telling the truth (the ad cites the Heritage Foundation and the Heritage Foundation provides a link to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which says the opposite of Mitt Romney’s ad).   Mitt Romney is using the same welfare queen propaganda the GOP has been using for decades.


Mitt Romney’s campaign launched a full-on attack on Tuesday accusing President Obama of gutting welfare reform. In a new ad, policy memo, and press release, Romney claims that the administration’s decision to offer waivers to states that develop innovative ways to meet the law’s work requirements is actually an attempt to “remove work participation rate requirements all together.”

“Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job,” the ad’s narrator says. “They just send you your welfare check.”

The ad is blatantly false— the administration’s plan specifically maintains the work requirement, but allows states to experiment with other methods of transitioning recipients from welfare to work. This is a policy that the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says will make Temporary Assistance for Needy Families a more effective program.

But the ad is also disingenuous, as it fails to mention that as governor of Massachusetts, Romney explicitly supported the same waiver program he is now criticizing.

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