Obama gutted the work requirements in the 1996 welfare reform law signed by Bill Clinton [After two vetoes he signed it because Dick Morris conducted a poll and told Clinton he would not be reelected if he vetoed it again]. President Trump just put the work requirements back in. He was right to do so.
From The Daily Signal:
President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed an Obama administration policy that undermined one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the last half-century.
In doing so, Trump took strong steps to preserve the original intent of the 1996 welfare reform law: to weaken the cycle of poverty by reducing dependence and promoting self-sufficiency through work and marriage.
This is a sound decision for two key reasons.
First, the decision enforces the 1996 welfare reform law, which deliberately made the core work requirements of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [TANF] program mandatory and not waivable by future administrations of the law. [Translation: What Obama did was illegal]
Second, Trump’s decision returns the TANF program to the principles that made it successful in the first place.
The TANF work requirements, which required a portion of able-bodied adults on the program to work or prepare for work, formed the foundation of the reform’s success: Welfare rolls dropped by 50 percent, and poverty rates for children, especially black children, reached record lows.
The Left needs a permanent underclass from which they can buy votes with taxpayer money. That underclass does not benefit in the long run because only by honest work can they gain dignity and self respect. In essence, Obama was willing to sell these people down the river into permanent poverty for political gain for Democrats. Not only was this scheme diabolical, it didn’t work. After 8 years of Obama Democrats are in worse shape than they’ve ever been.
Trump has done a good thing by restoring the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 to that which is was intended to be. Now the success of this great good measure can resume after 8 years of stagnation. Able-bodied welfare clients can get back on the road to self-sufficiency and begin to build better lives for themselves.