Proven To Be Not True

August 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

“We reformed welfare in the 1990s, now the Obama administration’s trying to undo the work requirement.”

  • Terry Branstad, Republican Governor of Iowa, August 14, 2012
  • Source: The Daily Rundown (video)
  • Context: Terry Branstad repeated another false Republican talking point on “The Daily Rundown.” In this case, the talking point was Obama “removing the welfare work requirement.” Chuck Todd, the host, confronted the Governor, explaining to him that Obama did no such thing. Branstad refused to accept that fact, and insisted that Obama was destroying welfare as part of a “Liberal agenda.” Politifact has debunked this false claim, giving it a “pants on fire” rating, as have many other independent organizations. As a matter of fact, Romney himself supported this measure when he was Governor of Massachusetts, as did many other Republican governors at the time. This echoes an incident earlier in the week where CNN’s Soledad O’Brien confront former Governor Sununu over yet another false Republican talking point claiming that Obama “cut $700 billion from Medicare.” Here is part of the transcript from “The Daily Rundown”:

BRANSTAD: We reformed welfare in the 1990s, now the Obama administration’s trying to undo the work requirement.

TODD: Wait a minute, Gov. Branstad, I can’t let that go. They haven’t done that. [Crosstalk] You leveled a charge about the welfare work requirement. It turns out that’s not true. Where did you get your information?

BRANSTAD: It absolutely is. I was one of the governors that helped get it, and when we passed it, it was designed not to be waived. And now the President of the United States has, by executive order in July, weakened that which was very effective.

TODD: The waivers are for state governors. The waivers are for you. […] If governors weaken it to a certain point, the federal government yanks the waiver. […] Nothing about this issue,every charge that has been leveled about this welfare reform order that the president signed, every accusation that has been leveled by some Republicans have been proven to be not true.

BRANSTAD: Well, the fact of the matter is that the president did it. He didn’t have to take this action to weaken the strong work requirement that was passed.

TODD: It doesn’t weaken it…The works still there, governor, it’s still there.

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