Romney Goes Racist on Welfare

Romney’s getting desperate, so he’s playing the race card.

He’s campaigning on the bogus charge that Obama wants to gut Bill Clinton’s welfare reform law.

Now I always hated that law, and hated Clinton for pushing it, since it punishes people who are already down and out. And the five-year lifetime limit it imposed is sending people deeper into poverty today in our bad economy.

And let’s remember, Clinton pushed this issue back then for the same reason Romney is pushing it now: to appeal to white working class voters who can be swayed by not-so-subtle racist innuendo.

Only Romney is also doing so to reinforce.

Romney says Obama wants to take the work requirements out of welfare reform. As evidence, he cites the administration’s recent decision to let states apply for waivers on these requirements.

Never mind that some Republican governors have been applying for them.

Never mind that Romney himself applied for one when he was governor of Massachusetts.

And never mind that to get this waiver, states must be able to show that they’ve recently moved at least 20 percent more of their welfare recipients into jobs than in previous years.

No, facts don’t matter to Romney.

He’ll do anything, including exploit racism, to get votes.

Matthew Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive magazine.

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