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Fresh off the "you didn't build that" editing abomination by Campaign Romney, a new deception has been launched. It's all Mr. Mormon has left, as Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson argued yesterday when he called for Romney to speak openly during the campaign about his faith. Yeah, that'll help.
The fresh new Romney deception is found in the lines of a new ad....
"Under Obama's plan, you wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check," the narrator says.
Absolutely false says HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius...
In a letter from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Republicans in Congress, she said, "No policy which undercuts that goal or waters down work requirements will be considered or approved."
Mitt Romney, super-morality crusader, tithe payer and a guy who wouldn't say you know what if he had a mouthful....oddly, has no qualms about wholesale lying...daily....
Republican governors in Utah and Nevada requested the waiver in question to grant them more flexibility in finding employment for welfare recipients. She noted that the Department of Health and Human Services specifically warned it would axe any requests that “weaken or undercut welfare reform or try to avoid time limits on assistance.”
According to campaign policy director James Kvaal, HHS “would require states to increase the number of people transitioning from welfare to work by 20 percent” in order to receive a waiver. The campaign noted that Romney himself was among the group of Republican governors who in 2005 requested even more far-reaching waivers.
Naturally....the word welfare is a dog-whistle issue for Republicans. Conservatives are boot strapping individualists, while progressives are lazy, welfare-receiving communists. Again, that's odd seeing that red states receive more tax dollars from the federal government then they pay in...while blue states receive less in federal assistance than they pay into the Treasury. But, then, the modern GOP IS odd.
Here's Bill Clinton on Romney's new, pitiful distortion-filled ad....
The recently announced waiver policy was originally requested by the Republican governors of Utah and Nevada to achieve more flexibility in designing programs more likely to work in this challenging environment. The Administration has taken important steps to ensure that the work requirement is retained and that waivers will be granted only if a state can demonstrate that more people will be moved into work under its new approach. The welfare time limits, another important feature of the 1996 act, will not be waived.
The Romney ad is especially disappointing because, as governor of Massachusetts, he requested changes in the welfare reform laws that could have eliminated time limits altogether.
Romney has reached a point of no return. His campaign, weakened by the candidate's refusal to release past tax returns, is grasping at anything that looks like a straw in order to change the subject. Romney's VP choice will not lift his campaign. Neither will the RNC Convention later this month....and if you think Mitt will be a good match in 3 debates with Barack Obama, I've got stuff to sell you.
Electoral college projections have Obama winning anywhere from 300-330 college votes. 270 is all a candidate needs to win. Mitt's guys know that, they read polls....they know Mitt has all but lost any chance to unseat the dreaded Kenyan.
And so their only hope is a giant winger turnout in November. Nothing enthuses far right extremists more than bashing poor minorities on welfare and food stamps. St. Ronnie even added mileage to his campaign by bashing those food stamp using, T-bone eating young bucks and those Cadillac-driving welfare queens.
None of this is unexpected. Mitt Romney has proven without doubt that he will say virtually anything depending on who he is addressing. Flip-flop gold....has been his signature for years. Now, Mitt IS saying anything his "people" tell him to say....and he is quickly becoming a national embarrassment.
I still think the election will not be close.