States Cracking Down on Food Stamps: Able-Bodied Individuals May Have To (Gasp) Work!

States Cracking Down on Food Stamps: Able-Bodied Individuals May Have To (Gasp) Work!

States Cracking Down on Food Stamps: Able-Bodied Individuals May Have To (Gasp) Work!

As I watch a woman with freshly manicured nails, a brand spanking new Michael Kors purse and an iPhone 6 pull out her SNAP card at Wal-Mart yesterday, I could not help but to think “why”? Be honest. You probably have thought about it, too.

I am not talking about the single moms who are working 40-hour weeks and need a little help. I am not talking about families who are in dire straits and need government assistance. I am not talking about a family unit in which one spouse is disabled and unable to work and the other spouse is responsible for the children. I am talking about the Escalade-driving, designer clothes-wearing deadbeats who are living off the government dole because it is easier than getting a J-O-B. Remember California surfer-dude who spent his days hangin’ loose catching waves, buying sushi and jamming with his band?

Enter this report from Fox News reporting that some states are moving to once again require able-bodied adults to put in work hours in exchange for food stamps, after the requirements largely were suspended by the Obama administration. Obama’s reason? Wall Street, of course.

“Food stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis, Wall Street did,”-Barack Obama at the 2016 State of the Union Address.

The States of Kansas and Maine began initiatives on cutting back on welfare benefits and requiring able-bodied individuals without children to work outside of the home at least 20 hours per week. Maine reported findings that recipients were using their welfare benefits in sunny Florida at The Happiest Place on Earth-Disney World. Welfare monies and EBT cards were also being used at casinos, tattoo and piercing parlors and even on cruise ships. This from a report in 2014:

According to Department of Health and Human Service records, cash welfare users from Maine have spent $2.8 million outside of the state over the last three years.

Since Kansas reinstated work rules, food stamp rolls dropped by 20,000 and the incomes of those who left increased by 127 percent. In Maine, the number of able-bodied adults without children on food stamps fell by almost 80 percent in the first three months.

I applaud Maine and Kansas for taking the lead on attempting to get able-bodied single people back into the marketplace and working and off of food stamps. But I will also argue that welfare distribution is not just a problem with single millennials. There are also married couples, in their 30s and 40s with children (these welfare recipients were going to Disney World, after all) who are taking advantage of the benefits and the relaxed rules and regulations put in place by Barack Obama’s administration. I have seen families with two individuals in the household who are able-bodied to hold down jobs but they simply choose NOT to because it is more of a hassle to work and they “make more” by sitting around all day playing Candy Crush Saga collecting welfare and food stamps! This is more than an issue among single millennials but families of other generations as well. This dependency is witnessed by children of these families; they see this behavior from their parents and I seriously want to take these adults and shake some sense into them. What does it say to your kids when you go to Disney World with welfare money? How do you explain to your kids that it is easier for you to get a hand-out from the government than to drive to a job every day? People argue that this is laziness of millennials but I happen to think that this is an affliction that spans generations and has come to define our very culture. Hopefully, the free rides to Disney World will be over soon…and the Escalades will be repossessed and we can get back to the basics. That is, WORKING for a living.

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  • Appalled By The World says:

    Oh no! The sky is falling!

    This is what Progs must be thinking over this “revolutionary” idea.

  • GWB says:

    Yeah, this is not a Millennial problem. I’ve been griping about this for over 25 years. Unfortunately, in that time, the eligibility has expanded dramatically.

    I’m a big believer in Absolutely No Gov’t Charity Of Any Kind. But I’d be happy to see the concept of personal responsibility returned to our society, such that no one can simply sit on their 0bama and draw funds from *MY* wallet – at least not without being related to me.

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