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    From Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown

    The Obama administration has clearly stated it will approve no waivers that weaken the work requirement. In fact, states seeking the waivers are supposed to show they will be able to increase job placement for recipients of Temporary Assistance of Needy Families by 20 percent.

    We can have a good political argument about whether the president will live up to that promise, but the fact is that to this point no state has applied for a waiver let alone received one. Therefore, not one welfare recipient has been let off the hook.

    So it was fairly ridiculous for Romney to stand before his audience at Acme Industries and say, “If I’m president, I will put work back in welfare,” or that he’s going “to end the spread of a culture of dependency.”

    When did this culture spread? Between now and last month during a period in which nothing has really changed as far as how the program operates for the individuals involved?

    Or are we supposed to believe the culture changed four years ago when we elected the first black president of the United States?

    "I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking." Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by djbender on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 09:22:08 AM PDT

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