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You just we -- nine days away from the time in America votes governor Romney.
Now accusing the Obama administration of getting welfare reform and a new television that.
Criticizing the president for removing a work requirement.
From the federal welfare regulation a key part of what.
President Bill Clinton.
In -- part of that -- I was not -- -- Huge supporter of the media of the federal plan that was signed in 1996.
Obama administration quietly over the issue waivers to the work requirements in the -- and.
The White House responding yesterday to that ad with Jay Carney.
Is categorically false and it is blatantly dishonest.
This administration's policy will strengthen the program by giving states the opportunity.
To employ more effective ways to help people get off welfare and into a job okay what is the truth and all of us.
On the New York governor George Pataki a Mitt Romney supporter with me in studio and good morning you're viewing though we brought Jim because -- a former governor you have a lot of experience frankly with welfare and well for reform and what you did in new York and what -- did on the federal level is the charge from the White House accurate when they say that this and is not absolutely not what the White House is saying is that there strengthening the welfare requirements by group creating greater flexibility.
That's not true.
What they have done is change the definition of work to got really the work requirement and that was the linchpin.
Of the whole bill to require work.
I did at New York Tommy Thompson did it in Wisconsin before they even pass the federal law and it had a profound impact but for some reason the left -- always felt that.
These are demeaning jobs that you're making welfare recipients take so they're better off.
Just waiting until the job comes along the wrong.
We tried that it failed governor Romney is -- back up a little bit then why would the White House support this policy.
What way to get out of that are how would change welfare -- well if it's hard for me to understand because this is a policy that Bill Clinton sign and had bipartisan congressional support.
And that has worked.
You don't see people crying about we need to get back to welfare from workfare workfare has worked successfully when I left the New York State.
We had 1020000.
Fewer people on welfare and extraordinary behind you do that that what your policy we work very hard we put in place first job creating programs we've lowered the tax rate created a better economic.
Climate -- the private sector -- create jobs we expanded day care slots we had child support services so that single mothers that have the confidence to go back to work we did things like.
I continued health benefits if he took -- job at minimum wage and it all worked exceptionally well.
But the key -- was requiring work this administration.
Got it the work requirement and welfare and why was it's so critical in your plan to require people to work what what did it do you know -- I -- I -- four kids.
If the choice between sitting home watching TV or playing with their friends are taking it their first job at eight dollars an hour.
It rather play with their friends that's human nature.
But requiring someone to work in exchange for government benefit.
Is essential to welfare reform helped him get -- to help me understand why would governors want waiver authority why would they want this flexibility because that's what the White House -- every guy governor Romney wanted to message every governor wants flexibility because the fifty states are very different new York -- Utah -- very different populations they're very different policies.
But what you don't -- is to change the work requirement.
Give the goodness flexibility to administer the programs as they see fit but require work in exchange -- welfare benefits that was the key.
Element of the 96 bipartisan reform.
It is what this president's administration is -- By redefining the definition of work to include things like going on a diet.
Where you mentioned Bill Clinton from 1996.
He -- that not true.
Well the president has a strong supporter of President Obama and I understand that but.
Having been on the front lines having seen how important that work requirement was understanding that we want flexibility.
But I I think not only is -- the wrong policy but he didn't do it incomes consultation with congress never talked to the American people about it.
And it's very possible that -- the work requirement on welfare could even be illegal while we will continue to follow this and see where it goes you heard from Jay Carney strong words from the White House thank you for your perspective today governor -- -- thank you sir it's all right.
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