WENTWORTH: Obama could learn from Texans

Published On: Jul 20 2012 02:25:52 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Had President Obama spent more time here talking to native Texans instead of flying in Tuesday on Air Force One to take Texans' money at campaign fundraisers, he could have learned a few things.

First, he would have heard that Texans don't want any part of a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a treaty that Obama supports.

Second, he could have heard that Texans believe people should actually work, be looking for work, or be in a job-training program to receive welfare benefits. Jobs do exist, for those who will work.

We Texans have very strong core values. We believe in personal responsibility. We have a strong work ethic. We're an independent lot, and we treasure the Second Amendment.

We believe in strong families, and we understand that dependence on government destroys them. The president just doesn't get it.

First, the UN Arms Trade Treaty. Negotiations are scheduled to go through July 27. The official Web site is http://www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/.

As an Endowed Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), I am grateful for its strong opposition to any international arms treaty that would undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners.

In his remarks before the UN last year, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said that the only way NRA's objections could be addressed was to completely exclude civilian firearms from the treaty.

Yet Mexican, French, German, British and Swedish officials insist that any treaty must cover all types of conventional weapons, including small arms and light weapons.

We are protected from obnoxious international treaties by the United States Constitution. In order for a treaty to take effect, it must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate, and I do not believe that 67 U.S. Senators would vote for it.

In fact, last year 58 of them signed a letter to the President stating their opposition to any treaty that would affect civilian ownership of firearms. We must never surrender our Second Amendment rights to foreigners.

Now to the destruction of welfare reform by President Obama. His administration last week released "guidance" to the states informing them that the administration had waived work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare program.

Obama, evidently, never heard the proverb, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

The requirement to work for welfare benefits, known as "welfare-to-work," has been in the program since its inception 16 years ago.

I am grateful to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) for announcing that he will introduce federal legislation to halt this destruction of welfare reform. He said the Obama administration is attempting to "unilaterally disarm the legislative branch of government."

He added that the administration's actions could allow the president to justify changing rules on any domestic social program.

But that's the way this administration operates, issuing "guidance" and Executive Orders to over-turn the laws it doesn't like.

Thank God for those in the U.S. Congress who will stand up to tyrants.

This column was written by Texas State Sen. Jeff Wentworth.