Obama: The Un-Clinton

By Tom Thurlow, Contributor, US Daily Review.

Last week President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services reversed the core part of the welfare reform law passed by President Clinton in 1996, the mandate that recipients of welfare show that they have a job or have been trying to get one.  This seems to be a pattern with President Obama, who in the months leading to his re-election contest seems to be doing the opposite moves that President Clinton did before his successful re-election in 1996.  In that sense, President Obama seems to be “the un-Clinton.”

Recall that after President Clinton spent his first two years in office raising taxes and then trying to get universal healthcare passed, the Democrats lost big in the 1994 mid-term elections.

Clinton learned his lesson.  If he were to be re-elected in 1996 he would have to tack to the middle, and fast.  Enter advisor Dick Morris and the Clinton “tri-angulation” strategy that Clinton used in the years 1995 and 1996.  Suddenly Clinton positioned himself as the moderate between the liberals and conservatives in Congress.  Universal healthcare was out, budgetary restraint was in, and President Clinton even admitted to an audience in Houston that in 1993 he had raised taxes too much.

Before long, President Clinton was on a moderate roll:  in September 1996, Clinton signed both the Defense of Marriage Act, recognizing marriage as between one man and one woman, and an immigration law that streamlined deportation proceedings for illegal immigrants.

In July 1996, despite having vetoed similar measures twice before, Clinton signed into law the landmark welfare reform bill, mandating that welfare recipients either work or have an active job search before receiving government welfare.

In all of these issues, President Obama has taken the opposite positions in the run-up to his re-election contest this November.  Universal healthcare, known as “Obamacare”, has just passed constitutional muster thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Annual deficits under President Obama have never been below $1 trillion a year, and are projected to stay at that level.  Instead of discussing tax cuts,  President Obama repeatedly proposes tax hikes,  recently on those families making $250,000 or more a year.

President Obama has gone from signaling that he will not defend Clinton’s Defense of Marriage Act to favoring same-sex marriage.  Earlier last month President Obama ordered the halt of deportations of certain illegal immigrants who had been brought to the US as children, by-passing legislation that had been stalled in Congress.

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