In spite of the fact that the Romney-Ryan welfare lies have been proven false by independent fact checkers, Romney-Ryan continues to lie about Obama welfare policy in another new ad. Watch:
According to The Hill, “Independent fact-checkers and some Republicans have agreed, with the Annenberg Public Policy Center's FactCheck.org calling the Romney attack ads "simply untrue."”:
"You have Gov. Romney creating as a centerpiece of his campaign this notion that we are taking the work requirement out of welfare," said Obama during a press conference at the White House. "What he is arguing is that we have somehow changed the work requirement in our welfare laws. And, in fact, what has happened was that my administration, responding to the requests of five governors, including two Republican governors, agreed to approve giving them, those states, some flexibility in how they manage the welfare rolls as long as it produced 20 percent increases in the number of people who are getting work."
Additionally, while the Romney-Ryan Campaign is accusing President Obama of trying to gut the welfare reform enacted under Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton himself has proclaimed in a public statement that the Romney-Ryan Campaign is lying, emphasis mine:
“Governor Romney released an ad today alleging that the Obama administration had weakened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. That is not true.
The act emerged after years of experiments at the state level, including my work as Governor of Arkansas beginning in 1980. When I became President, I granted waivers from the old law to 44 states to implement welfare to work strategies before welfare reform passed.
After the law was enacted, every state was required to design a plan to move people into the workforce, along with more funds to help pay for training, childcare and transportation. As a result, millions of people moved from welfare to work.
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. We need a bipartisan consensus to continue to help people move from welfare to work even during these hard times, not more misleading campaign ads. ”
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan consistently lie about President Obama’s policies as well as the state of the economy, the nation, and anything else that comes to mind. Calling them on it seems to have zero effect, but they can not be allowed to run a campaign based only on lies about their opponent. There really has never before been a campaign such as this one. It’s despicable.