In this month’s Heritage Libertad podcast, we are happy to welcome two of our colleagues to discuss the latest headlines including President Obama’s latest example of his imperial presidency by gutting the landmark bipartisan 1996 Welfare Reform Act, no longer requiring work requirements as a basis for collecting government assistance.
We also discuss President Obama’s offhand remark to a Miami Spanish language broadcaster that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez poses no threat to the United States—this despite numerous reports that the Venezuelan government is actively working with some of our country’s most dangerous enemies.
You won’t want to miss our discussion concerning the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to promote food stamps using soap operas and seek help from Mexico to increase government dependency here in the U.S. among Mexican nationals. These actions belittle the Latino community and undermine the value of work itself. To help us understand the policy of this and the gutting of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, we welcome Rachel Sheffield, who focuses on domestic policy issues at Heritage’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society. Rachel tells us why the Administration’s actions are actually encouraging government dependency while threatening charitable institutions and their important role in a vibrant civil society.
Our Spanish segment welcomes Ray Walser, who will talk to us about why President Obama’s remarks minimizing the threat Hugo Chavez poses to the U.S. is worrisome. Walser also provides his thoughts on Chavez’s endorsement of President Obama.
We will also discuss a new McClatchy-Marist poll that suggests that Hispanics are not buying President Obama’s populist pitch. We evaluate the Obama Administration’s escalating class warfare and government-centered “solutions,” revealing that many of his policies, such as changes in welfare requirements, do not resonate with the American people.