In the latest example of Mitt Romney not telling the truth, he falsely attacks the President for weakening welfare to work requirements. The truth is that the President is giving states additional flexibility only if they move more people from welfare to work – not fewer. As Governor, Romney asked for even greater flexibility to waive the central part of the law by letting people receive benefits for an indefinite period and as HHS has said, his waiver request wouldn’t be approved today because it weakened the law too much. By falsely attacking a policy that both he and his Republican allies have supported for years, Romney is once again flip flopping on a position he took in Massachusetts, and demonstrating that he lacks the core strength and principles the nation needs in a President.”— Lis Smith, campaign spokeswoman
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History: In 2005, Governor Romney and 28 Republican Governors from the The Governors Association signed a letter to Senator Bill Frist requesting waivers on time limits for welfare benefits. In fact their request were far broader than the current administration’s. READ IT HERE.
The Obama administration has stated that it will not accept “watered” down versions of work requirements for each state. Each state must increase the movement of people from welfare to work by 20% to participate in the waivers. See the July 18, 2012 letter from Kathleen Sebelius Secretary of Health & Human Services. It clearly highlights that Romney’s standards misses the mark on welfare to work status.
And Check out the Truth Teams FACTS on President Obama’s efforts to reform welfare.
Governor Romney’s campaign can’t speak the truth about his SHADY Bain Capital dealings where his company drew lucrative funds from Americans losing their jobs to bankrupt companies managed by Bain, while he stashed his cash in the Cayman Island, or his secrecy about releasing his TAX RETURNS.
Mitt Romney has to resort to blatant LIES about the Black President and resort to Ronald Ray-gun-like tactics of the “Welfare Queen” meme to cover for his deception and secrecy about his financial history. MITT’S UNIFT TO LEAD!
As Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney created programs that gave away free cars and insurance to welfare recipients, this plan also included welfare recipients who lost their jobs, returned to welvare and were allowed to keep their cars. Check it out here and here.
Think Progress Headline: “In 2005, Romney Supported Waivers He Now Claims Will ‘Undermine’ Welfare Reform.”