I am ignoring the electioneering. Icky jokes from the Romster, wild accusations from El Reid. Same old, whatever.
Now, I have to add that this is not 1996. There are issues at stake, we know what they are. And even if it were a 1996-like election, well, I thought 2000 was a 1996-like election, and didn’t that turn out to be stupid!
Still, it is quite feasible to ignore all the electioneering while still paying attention to the election.
But ... it is a little jarring to hear Rick Santorum just straight up lie when he says that President Obama has waived the work requirement for TANF. You can find the executive order in question here. Condensed:
“HHS is issuing this information memorandum to notify states of the Secretary’s willingness to exercise her waiver authority under section 1115 of the Social Security Act to allow states to test alternative and innovative strategies, policies, and procedures that are designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families. ...
“States must develop evaluation plans that are sufficient to evaluate the effect of the proposed approach in furthering a TANF purpose as well as interim targets the state commits to achieve. States that fail to meet interim outcome targets will be required to develop an improvement plan and can face termination of the waiver project. ...
“As described below, however, HHS will only consider approving waivers relating to the work participation requirements that make changes intended to lead to more effective means of meeting the work goals of TANF.”
I find this kind of thing quite annoying. The big thing that the states might do is cut the number of hours of work down from 30. It also would keep states that fail to place 50% of recipient families in work.
I should add that I grew up on AFDC, with a mother who railed against the program because she had to work off the books. She even had to study off the books. Switching to TANF was a great thing. Handing flexibility to governors does not repeal the work requirements.
(Oh gosh. Now Nikki Haley is making stuff up about immigration policy. But she is right that the Administration blocked photo ID requirements to vote and interfered with Boeing’s attempt to move production to South Carolina. I am not sure that she understands the definition of “mack-daddy,” though. I mean, what does it mean for an airplane to be a mack daddy? Does the phrase have a different meaning in South Carolina than it does in South Florida?)
OK, back to my real work.