Welfare Reform Is Given a Black Face Again

The welfare reform debate rages on thanks to falsehoods. (Google Images)

TheBurtonWire.com‘s editor-in-chief Nsenga K. Burton discusses the continued strategy of the GOP to paint welfare as a black issue when in fact the majority of those receiving welfare are whites. This article originally appears on TheRoot.com. Check out what Nsenga has to say below:


“The debate over welfare reform is raging because of a “misleading” political ad from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney that accuses President Obama of “a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements.” Everyone and his mother have pretty much refuted its claims, including some members of his party.

Factcheck.org reported that Ron Haskins, a former Republican House committee aide who played a central role in the 1996 welfare reform legislation, explained that the ad is misleading. “I do not think it ends welfare reform or strongly undermines welfare reform,” said Haskins, who is now the co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families. “Each state has to say what they will do and how that reform … will either increase employment or lead to better employment” of recipients.

Newt Gingrich, the man who famously said this January that he would “go to the NAACP convention and tell the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps” while campaigning for the nomination, has even said that there is “no proof” of the statements made in Romney’s ad. However, he still has claimed — in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper — that someone with President Obama’s ideology would be “comfortable sending a lot of people checks for doing nothing.” Therein lies the rub…”

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