In regards to food stamps, they’ve suggested that we offer food assistance on the condition that the recipients are working. Or at the very least, that they volunteer or community service or are making an effort to train themselves for a new job. So what happens in states that have work requirements for food stamp recipients?
began 2017 by requiring able-bodied adults without children in 13
counties to either find a job or participate in work training as a
condition for continuing to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) benefits.
According to AL.com, the number of those recipients declined from 5,538 to 831 between Jan. 1 and the beginning of May – an 85 percent drop.
changes were implemented in select counties in Georgia and by the end
of the first three months, the number of adults receiving benefits in
three participating counties dropped 58 percent, according to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that in 21 additional counties that restored the work requirement, there was a 62 percent drop in SNAP participants.
Of course many leftists will try to shoot holes in this data, by
suggesting that perhaps many of these people were working unofficial
jobs that paid under the table. Because of that, they were already doing
the best they could, and the government cut off their benefits when
they couldn’t prove that they were working. The only problem with that
assumption, is that we know exactly what happens to people who have to
choose between getting cut off from food stamps, and finding a job.
Statistics show that they choose to find a job, and their incomes go up
drastically. They really weren’t working in the first place.
The left will never admit it, but there’s plenty of evidence to
suggest that many of the people receiving welfare benefits are able
bodied, and fully capable of finding a job. We know this, because when
they’re given the choice between losing a couple hundred dollars per
month in benefits, and finding a job that will earn them enough money to
not need benefits, they choose to find work. We’re subsiding millions
of people who just don’t want to work.
And the other detail that
the left will conveniently overlook, is that these people are basically
siphoning off money from folks who are genuinely in a bad financial
place. There would be more money for people who are actually poor.
is money that could be spent on those who work their hands to the bone
every day to provide for their families, and still can’t pay their
bills. Or it could be spent on people who simply need to make ends meet
while they’re between jobs. If not for these welfare queens, the
government could provide more benefits to people who actually need help.
That would lift them out of poverty faster, which could reduce the
taxpayer’s burden in the long run.
In short, there’s a lot of
people taking advantage of welfare programs like food stamps, which
takes money away from the people who really need help in our society.
And the left’s welfare policies are enabling them.