Conor Friedersdorf rebuts Romney's absurd charge, namely: the Obama Administration . . . gutted federal work requirements for welfare recipients, and that anyone can now collect a welfare check without even trying to get a job.
Recently, in response to a request from a bipartisan group of governors for more flexibility, the Obama Administration has said the federal government would consider waiving existing work participation requirements for states that were experimenting with "new, more effective ways" of helping welfare applicants find work, "particularly helping parents successfully prepare for, find, and retain employment."Critics of the move argue that it provides states enough leeway to water down work requirements, and that the executive branch lacks the legal authority to make the change. The administration has countered that the change is legal and gives states useful flexibility during an especially tough economy for the poorly educated.Either way, the Obama Administration hasn't gotten rid of the work requirement or laid out a new theory of what it ought to include. It has given states the ability to seek executive branch approval for new methods.
Reagan exaggerated welfare abuses for political gain. Romney is worse: he's intentionally distorting welfare policy for political gain.