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Romney, Ryan, GOP Demand Obama Stop Strengthening Welfare Work Mandate

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“Nevada is very interested in working with your staff to explore program waivers. . .”

Like welfare-to-work, Republicans have long supported “flexibility” for states in implementing federal mandates. For example, in 2005 every Republican governor in the nation – 29 of them – wrote Congress to support a bill that would have allowed waivers to welfare reform law requirements. The governors told Congress they wanted “flexibility to manage their TANF (welfare) programs.” The letter said:

“Increased waiver authority, allowable work activities, availability of partial work credit and the ability to coordinate state programs are all important aspects of moving recipients from welfare to work.”

Mitt Romney signed that letter. He was among the 29 governors seeking flexibility through waivers to manage welfare.

That’s right. The same Mitt Romney who now is denouncing the Obama administration’s effort to provide flexibility.

Now, Romney despises flexibility. Now, he hates waivers. Now, he’s demanding an end to the effort by HHS to give states the ability to experiment with pilot programs to increase the employment of welfare recipients.

It’s yet another Romney flipflop, another Romney Etch-A-Sketch moment. Said it once, erase it now. Romney figures GOP inconsistency doesn’t matter as long as it hurts President Obama somehow.