The lies are coming fast and furious from the Romney campaign. It is no wonder his previous opponents have something in common, a deep dislike for him. We are starting to see why. Relentless dishonest negative attacks about made-up issues. Last week it was taking away voting rights from veterans in Ohio (a complete lie). This week it is a lie about welfare reform. Below is an article by the AP about Romney’s baseless charges.
Romney accuses Obama of dismantling welfare reform
By JULIE PACE, Associated Press – Aug 7, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is making a new push to cast President Barack Obama as a big government liberal, accusing him of dismantling welfare reform, while Democrats renew efforts to paint Romney as a profit-driven businessman.
The Romney campaign released a new television ad Tuesday bashing Obama for removing work requirements from federal welfare regulations, a key element of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 welfare overhaul. The ad contends that Obama simply wants to hand out welfare checks, while Romney would restore the work requirement.
The White House says Obama’s decision last month to change welfare requirements gives states the flexibility they have been asking for to make the program more efficient. Romney was among several Republican governors who signed a letter in 2005 asking for more “waiver authority.” Romney is a former Massachusetts governor.
The Romney campaign sees Obama’s move as an opportunity to argue that the president is a liberal who wants to give the poor a free pass at the expense of the middle class.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Romney is going on the attack about another issue he supported previously. It seems his complete 180 on all issues is nearly complete.
The ironic part of this welfare smear campaign is that in “reality”, the face of welfare isn’t anything like what the Republican spin machine wants us to believe. In reality (that magical place where statistics live), if welfare has a face, it is very white, rural and corporate. A vast majority of all ‘welfare’ goes to these three groups.
Which states receive the lion’s share of welfare? Again, it is not what the Republicans would like you to think. In fact, if you map the states that receive the most welfare on the map, it look remarkably similar to the 2008 presidential electoral map. The Red States receive far more welfare than they pay into the system. Who flips the bill? Blue states.
In fact, you can draw direct parallels to the debt crisis in Europe. Derek Thompson at the Atlantic explained it quite well in a recent article:
The difference between the U.S. and Europe is that when the Greek economy “pulls a Mississippi” (or perhaps I should say, when Mississippi “pulls a Greece”), the EU and the U.S. have 180-degree opposite reactions. Over here, we calmly write checks to Mississippi in the form of Medicaid and unemployment insurance, no questions asked. Europe has no comparable “Peripheraid” for its weak peripheral states. Instead, it has chaos.
Michael Cembalest, the JP Morgan analyst and author of the my favorite new chart about monetary unions– it’s not a crowded field, admittedly — passes along another clever graph which shows fiscal transfers (don’t worry, that’s just another word for money) between the rich California-Connecticut-Illinois-New Jersey-New York quintuple and poorer states like Tennessee. If similar, seamless transfers existed in the EU, the rich north would have to send to Portugal and Greece at least an additional 30 cents for every dollar they paid in taxes, year after year after year.
Welfare is a Lie that is Central to the Mitt Romney Campaign
The ‘welfare’ perception that is a leftover from the 70s (where liberal Democrats were seen as politicians ready to shower the masses with welfare) is very critical to their efforts to win over the rural and lower middle class white vote. It is their intent to paint Obama as one of these ‘liberals of the 70s’ because it will give the impression that he is taking something from that class and giving it to another. In other word, real, verifiable, despicable class warfare. All of course based on complete lies.
Any better way to Start your Morning?