Hold onto your butts, boys, girls and wannabe girls. Turns out if a state requires work for welfare, people actually start working. And getting off welfare. As Alabama has now discovered:
Alabama 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.
Well slap me silly and call me Harry. Requiring work in exchange for money resulted in people working. If they didn’t work?
Similar 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.
In October 2014, LePage announced that able-bodied adults would have to find work, spend 20 hours per week in a work program, or perform community service for six hours a week. Food stamp participation declined 14.5 percent from 235,771 in January 2014 to 201,557 in January 2015, according to the state.
20 hours per week in a work program is light work. Six hours of community service per week is less than an hour a day. Hardly taxing. Incidentally, taxes are the revenue source of these handouts. Asking people to work for money which was taken from people who work for money seems the fairest route to go. If we’re going to continue stealing from people who work to give to others who prefer to perfect their yoga corpse pose. Namaste here, thanks.
Yes, we’re talking about “able-bodied” adults. Back off with your “BUT THEY’RE VICTIMS!” awareness ribbon campaign. Most of these people are victims of rampant laziness. Or severe cases of I’d Rather Not-itis.
Kansas saw a 75 percent decline after implementing work requirements in 2013. In addition, nearly 60 percent of former beneficiaries found employment within 12 months and their incomes rose by an average of 127 percent per year, according to the Foundation for Government Accountability.
There’s the kicker. When people are forced to fend for themselves, their income skyrockets. They go from subsisting, to thriving. Under the power of their own sails, which are no longer luffing in a windless sea of boo-hoo-me. When people are no longer paid to sit on their asses watching The Real Housewives of Los Gatos, they become independent, contributing members of society. Which is both better for society, and better for them.
Leftists will cry about people getting off the government teet, because at their core, leftists believe people are weaklings who need elected bureaucrats to change their shavings in their cages. Tis not so. People are always more capable at taking care of themselves. And much better off for it.
Also, that meme of “illegals are taking all the American’s jobs” needs to die like CNN’s reputation. Want work? Go get it.