West Virginia joined the ranks of numerous states to curtail massive government abuse. A new simple rule will save taxpayers plenty and give freeloaders the boot.
Government entitlements are un-American. There, I said it. Getting free stuff from the government was not our Founding Fathers’ dream. America was founded on the hope that everyone can prosper. That means responsible adults should work for a living.
But government handouts rob millions of people from that opportunity. Instead of being motivated to work hard and earn their keep, they sit back and collect checks from the government. It has created a massive welfare state where millions of Americans are kept in poverty. After all, the government will only give you just enough to get by.
Good leaders don’t want their people suckling at the government’s teat. They want all Americans to know the pride of working for themselves. That’s the only way a person can truly achieve something great and maybe even find riches and success. That is why West Virginia has joined numerous states to put a limit on one of the biggest handouts: food stamps.
A new bill will set work requires for able-bodied Americans. Simply put, you either work part-time, or you get nothing.
Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill into law Tuesday that will impose work requirements on certain adults receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…
Starting Oct. 1, 2018, any able-bodied adult — a person between 18 and 49 years of age without dependents — must either work, volunteer or participate in workforce training programs for 20 hours per week to receive SNAP benefits.
Specifically, the bill rescinds West Virginia’s ability to allow the Department of Health and Human Resources to issue waivers to SNAP recipients from the federal work requirements for able-bodied working adults. [Source: Charleston-Gazette Mail]
When Barack Obama entered office, he rolled back limits to dramatically increase the number of Americans on food stamps. States were not able to set work requirements for recipients. Hmm, I wonder why he did that? Maybe because he wanted more people dependent on the government, rather than succeeding on their own.
That’s a tailor-made Socialist state, right there.
Like other states, the requirements are very simple. West Virginia is not going to snatch food stamps from children or the elderly. We’re talking about people who should be working, but aren’t. They’re not even being required to get a full-time job. Even volunteering or receiving workforce training is enough.
But guess what happens when these requirements are put into practice? Food stamp enrollment plummets.
Nine counties in the state have undergone a pilot program of SNAP work requirements. According to DHHR’s analysis of the pilot program, it did not have a significant impact on employment figures for the population of able-bodied adults without dependents, although it did slash the SNAP caseload. [Source: Charleston-Gazette Mail]
Every state that has implemented these requirements saw a huge drop in food stamp enrollment. Why? Because there are so many people who want to freeload. Again, they aren’t required to get a full-time job, just some workforce training (which is provided by the government). And they still refuse to do that, choosing to lose food stamps rather than get off their asses.
Other states have brought back work requirements for food stamps, echoing a sentiment by President Donald Trump. Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, and others have implemented these basic requirements. All saw a drop in enrollment.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the maximum possible benefit allowed by SNAP is $192/month. That’s not a large enough amount to feed the average family. Thus proving once again, that government handouts keep people poor and struggling. Many recipients augment that sum with other government checks.
The fact remains that the earning potential for a working person will always be astronomically higher than someone on food stamps. So why shouldn’t our government be doing everything it can to get people off them?