Taken by itself, Mitt Romney’s attack on President Obama’s July memo expanding the waiver authority of the Health and Human Services Department for welfare programs may seem overblown. But put in the context of Obama’s relentless push to expand the welfare state, the larger argument becomes clear.
Right after Obama was sworn into office, his failed stimulus bill reversed the fiscal foundation of the 1996 bill by paying states bonuses to increase, not decrease, the number of people on their welfare rolls. Since then he has pushed to keep more Americans on unemployment benefits and fought to add as many Americans as possible to food stamp rolls. The number of Americans receiving disability payments from the federal government has exploded under Obama and in June, more Americans went on disability than got jobs.
Now Obama is even pushing back against his own “you didn’t build that” line by recruiting small business owners who support his big government agenda and are willing to say they could not have succeeded without extra benefits from federal government. Obama’s argument seems to be, “If you owe everything you own to the federal government, then the federal government owns everything you own.”
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