The Trump administration wants able-bodied adults who receive food stamps to be required to work and force states to pick up some of the costs as part of a wider plan to slash spending by $3.6 trillion over the next decade.
This makes sense and quite a few states agree.
Under Obama, the program exploded from 26 million on food stamps in 2008 to nearly 45 million in 2016.
The program cost tax-payers roughly $33 billion in 2008 and more than doubled by 2016, costing tax-payers a whopping $80 billion!
the program cost about $33 billion in 2008 with 26 million enrollees. By 2013, costs peaked at nearly $80 billion with 47.6 million participants.
But thankfully, figures show a dramatic reduction in enrollment and costs in states that recently have moved to restore work requirements.
That’s right baby. You want free food? Then get off your ass and earn it!
Several states have moved aggressively to push recipients who can work back into the job market and, in due time, off the program.
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, Fox News reports.
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.
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.
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.
“Work requirements have been enormously successful at reducing the number of people on food stamps. And while they made sense in the early part of the recession when unemployment was higher, that is no longer the case,” said Robert Doar, a fellow in poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
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.
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A key component of the 1996 welfare reform bill, the work requirement applies to able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) between the ages of 18 to 49.
However, as part of his 2009 economic stimulus, then-President Barack Obama allowed states to waive SNAP work requirements, which resulted in the number of ABAWDs on food stamps more than doubling from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to a 2012 Congressional Research Service study.
The number continued to rise but has since slipped to roughly 4.2 million. According to the USDA, most states still offer full or partial waivers.
Advocates for waivers argue that the flexibility is needed to help people get back on their feet in the wake of the economic crisis. And a call in the Trump administration’s budget to resurrect the work mandate and scale back SNAP’s budget has drawn fire from anti-hunger advocates.
“Parents will work just as hard at unforgiving jobs and see less food on the table for their families. Children will become sicker without the proper nutrition, ending up in hospitals or on the rolls of what social services remain. Some children will die,” Mariana Chilton, a professor of public health at Drexel University, predicted in a column for The Hill.
Oh for God’s sake. CHILDREN WILL DIE!!! That’s complete BULLSHIT.
“Welfare was never intended to be a one-way handout, but a program based on the idea of reciprocity,” said Robert Rector, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “Those who receive benefits from the government should be required to work or participate in work-training as a condition.”
DAMN RIGHT NOW GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND GET TO WORK!