Under the Republican welfare reform, every state must make 40 percent of welfare recipients work at least 30 hours a week or look for work or take on-the-job-training, vocational schooling or some job-readiness training.
Several governors in 2005 asked Congress to give them more power to issue welfare waivers, but Congress declined to do so. So Obama, speaking through Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, simply took the unlawful action of issuing general waivers anyway.
It's a failure of leadership that Republicans are not loudly denouncing Obama's costly illegal action. They should also be demanding that Congress extend the work requirement to many other welfare-type handouts, such as food stamps, public housing and cellphones.
We now have 45 million, 1 in 7 Americans, receiving food stamps. This high number is concealed from the taxpayers by giving recipients electronic debit cards so that others going through the line at the cash register can't detect who is being fed by the taxpayers.
Obama's illegal waivers of the work requirement for welfare payments are yet another egregiously unlawful action, since the Attorneys General of nine states issued their joint statement detailing 21 illegal or unconstitutional actions of Obama. Another is Obama giving amnesty to a million young illegal aliens, thereby sticking his finger in the eye of Congress, which has repeatedly refused to pass the Development, Relief and Education Alien Minors Act.
Some senators, led by Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and joined by Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, and George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, are speaking publicly against the president's actions. Loose as the criteria are for the illegals to be allowed to stay in the U.S., they can escape all federal charges simply by claiming they meet the DREAM Act's rules, whether it's true or not.
Crane says that Obama makes "untrue" statements about the border. It is not "more secure than ever;" on the contrary, it is a place of "violence, chaos and lawlessness."
When Obama didn't realize the mike was still live, he told the Russian president that after his re-election in November, he will "have more flexibility." If we care about America's future, on Nov. 6, we must bring a stop to the "flexibility" of Obama's unlawful actions.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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