In Jonah Goldberg’s book, The Tyranny of Cliches, he argues that everyone has an ideology – liberals and conservatives alike. We just don’t like to admit it. Ideologies in and of themselves aren’t a problem – they’re basically a governing philosophy. The problem arises when you ignore all evidence that contradicts your ideology and charge ahead with a bunch of bad ideas.
This is what makes the Obama “reform” of the Clinton-era welfare reform so head scratch worthy. The 1996 welfare reform has been a resounding success, lowering the roles of people on welfare, getting people back to work, and cutting costs to the states. Last week, Obama declared that states can waive the back-to-work requirements, keeping people on the welfare roles, and undoing the successful welfare reforms of the nineties. I get if there’s a problem why government would want to get involved (though 99% of the time I don’t agree with it), but why mess with success?
I predict that states run by Democrats will waive the requirements, causing further pressure on unemployment, welfare rolls, and deficits, while states run by Republicans will do the opposite. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.