Rich asked earlier today if everyone had their hobo outfit picked out yet. That post was in response to the insane provisions in the “stimulus” bill that would throw protectionist “buy American” legislation on all government projects. Europe is vowing retaliation for that. Well, there’s even more – and bigger – nuggets in the bill. This one will stun you. The Democrats are reversing welfare reform.
Buried deep inside the massive spending orgy that Democrats jammed through the House this week lie five words that could drastically undo two decades of welfare reforms.
The very heart of the widely applauded Welfare Reform Act of 1996 is a cap on the amount of federal cash that can be sent to states each year for welfare payments.
But, thanks to the simple phrase slipped into the legislation, the new “stimulus” bill abolishes the limits on the amount of federal money for the so-called Emergency Fund, which ships welfare cash to states.
“Out of any money in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated such sums as are necessary for payment to the Emergency Fund,” Democrats wrote in Section 2101 on Page 354 of the $819 billion bill. In other words, the only limit on welfare payments would be the Treasury itself.
“This re-establishes the welfare state and creates dependency all over the place,” said one startled budget analyst after reading the line.
In addition to reopening the floodgates of dependency on federal welfare programs, the change once again deepens the dependency of state governments on the federal government.
There’s some change we can all believe in. We’re going forward into the past led by a spendaholic Congress controlled by Democrats. Between the new Smoot-Hawley tariff provisions and the return to the welfare state, the Democrats seem intent on destroying American prosperity.
This ill-considered stimulus plan will devaste this country. Far from helping, there is a lot of genuine harm here. At this rate, we’ll all be begging for change soon.
With a tin cup.