Welfare reform. Apparently bipartisan acts of Congress mean nothing to The One.
While the Obama campaign goes all out attacking Mitt Romneyâ€™s business history, the Romney campaign is looking carefully at a new Obama administration policy that could become a significant part of Romneyâ€™s case against the president.Â In a quiet move Thursday â€” barely noted beyond the conservative press â€” the Obama administration â€œreleased an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996,â€ according to Robert Rector, a welfare policy expert at the Heritage Foundation.
The directive â€” which some Romney aides found stunning â€” allows the Department of Health and Human Services to waive the work requirement at the heart of welfare reform.Â That reform, originally vetoed but later signed into law by President Bill Clinton, is widely viewed as the most successful policy initiative in a generation.Â Under it, the growth in welfare rolls was reversed and millions of people moved from welfare to work.
Despite its success, however, many liberals remain opposed to reform.Â For example, in the years immediately after passage of the law, Barack Obama himself pledged to do all he could to undo it.Â Now, he has.
The administrationâ€™s action means â€œthe end of welfare reform as we know it,â€ in Rectorâ€™s words.Â In coming days, look for the Romney campaign to press that case â€” showcasing what Obama has done in office, even as the president fixates on an imaginary narrative of what happened at Bain Capital years ago…