For years, GOP governors have asked for changes in the welfare reform bill of 1996. They wanted more flexibility in how states measure work requirements, hoping that changes would help even more people move from welfare to work. Even Governor Mitt Romney supported such changes in 2005.
Upon the recommendation of his Health and Human Services department, President Obama endorsed the changes.
Of course, that meant Teapublicans had to oppose the changes. Mitt Romney and his Wisconsin partner-in-lies immediately went on the attack, saying President Obama wants to eliminate the work requirement for welfare. They even made a TV commerical repeating the lie.
On Thursday, Liein Ryan and his obstructionist House-mates made it official. They voted against the welfare changes that their own party requested.
None of this should come as a surprise to anyone who has followed Teapublican hypocrisy over the past four years. Following the Inauguration-night strategy meeting during which Teapublican leaders vowed to block every initiative by President Obama, they have steadfastly refused to support the administration even if it means attacking their own ideas such as Romneycare…er, Obamacare.
Is it any wonder Congress hasn’t been able to pass tax reform and jobs bills?