From The Washington Post and tagged "Big Government" (wouldn't it be great if we had a mainstream newspaper tagging stuff similarly?)
[The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families bill] incentivized states
to create welfare-to-work programs, trying to transition Americans from
government dependency to financial solvency.
But states quickly acted to poke holes in that legislation, calling the
following activities “work” for purposes of the statute: bed rest,
personal care activities, massage, exercise, journaling, motivational
reading, smoking cessation, weight loss promotion, participation in
parent-teacher meetings, or helping friends or family with household
tasks and errands.
This was idiotic. So in 2005, Congress closed the loophole, over the objections of then-Senator Obama.
Now, Obama has walked back the 2005 legislation, using his Department of
Health and Human Services to unilaterally waive those work
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