Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist Charles Krauthammer called The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector “the world expert on welfare reform” during an appearance yesterday on Fox News.
Krauthammer was discussing President Obama’s decision to unilaterally gut welfare reform with Juan Williams when he cited Rector’s work:
Pulitzer Prize winning political columnist, Charles Krauthammer, recently cited Heritage’s Robert Rector as the “world’s expert on welfare reform” in a recent interview.
Earlier this week, on Special Report Juan Williams and Krauthammer discussed welfare reform and Heritage’s impact on the national conversation.
Robert Rector of Heritage, who’s probably the world expert on this [welfare system], has pointed out that some governors and some states count as ‘work’ hula dancing, attending Weight Watchers and bed rest –among other examples.
If you want this [welfare reform] to succeed as it has succeeded, you have to say ‘work’ is work or rigorous job training, and nothing else. …
It’s a great social success. Liberals have always hated it. And here’s the administration acting what is essentially illegally in granting waivers [under] a bill that does not allow the granting of waivers under these circumstances.
Be sure to read Rector’s article in National Review Online about the consequences of undoing the successful welfare reforms. Rector helped author those Clinton-era reforms, which required welfare recipients to seek employment.