The number of welfare recipients is higher than ever, thanks to Barack Obama’s job-killing policies. Obama’s administration has also been making it easier to abuse the system… After all, what else would a community organizer do as President?
But in the state of Maine, a novel concept was implemented which lead to more than 6,500 people kicked off of food stamps. And all they did was require work!
More than 6,000 Maine residents on welfare are reportedly no longer receiving food stamps.
According to News 4 San Antonio, in October, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that all able-bodied adults without dependents would either have to work, volunteer twenty hours per week or enroll in an employment training program to receive food stamps.
Maine and many other states asked for an exemption from this law in 2008 when the recession hit and unemployment skyrocketed. However, this year Maine has decided to reinstate the law.
Governor Paul LePaige stated, “We must continue to do all that we can to eliminate generational poverty and get people back to work. We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.”
According to DHHS, more than 6,500 Maine residents stopped receiving food stamps on January 1. DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said, “This is complying with federal requirements, but it’s also about Governor LePage’s focus on how do we make this about prosperity? How do we focus on lifting people out of poverty so they can benefit from this economy.”
via Opposing Views
There are too many Americans with a sense of entitlement. Maine decided to ask for minimal effort in exchange for food and welfare… And thousands couldn’t manage to handle that. Outrageous!
Good job Maine on cracking down on welfare abuse. Should your state pass the same requirements into law?