Food stamp recipients in Maine got a rude awakening when Gov. Paul LePage decided to impose a three-month limit on benefits for able-bodied adults without dependents (Abawds).
Now, before all the raging liberals out there start throwing a hissy fit and talking about how much conservatives hate the poor and all that bleeding heart rhetoric, this limit is only enforced if the “Abawds” refuse to get a job working 20 hours a week, take job training, or volunteer six hours a week.
Guess what happened when this rule was enforced?
Nearly 80 percent of people on welfare were cut off the program because they refused to get a job or volunteer to work six hours a week.
Six hours a week was deemed too strenuous to work in order to receive free benefits.
Unbelievable isn’t it?
From NY Times:
The food pantry here, just off the main drag in this neat college town, gets busiest on Wednesdays, when the parking lot is jammed and clients squeeze into the lobby, flipping through books left on a communal shelf as they wait their turn to select about a week’s worth of food.
The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program is intended to be a supplemental food pantry, but a growing number of clients here and at pantries around the state have little else to rely on because of a change in state policy this year.
Last year, the administration of Gov. Paul R. LePage, a Republican, decided to reimpose a three-month limit (out of every three-year period) on food stamps for a group often known as Abawds — able-bodied adults without minor dependents — unless they work 20 hours per week, take state job-training courses or volunteer for about six hours per week. The number of Abawds receiving food stamps in Maine has dropped nearly 80 percent since the rule kicked in, to 2,530 from about 12,000.
“It means life gets tougher for those childless adults who face barriers already getting back into work,” said Ed Bolen, a senior policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He said those adults tended to have limited education and faced a post-recession labor market in which many people who want to work still cannot find jobs.
This just completely, thoroughly blows my mind.
All these folks are required to do to get benefits is volunteer six hours a week. If you divide this total over a five day period it comes out to 1.2 hours of work a day.
Are people in our modern culture really so lazy they can’t muster up the energy to work for an hour a day? Really? Has the entitlement mentality really gotten this bad?
It seems so.
I mean, even if there aren’t a lot of jobs available, there must be plenty of volunteer positions open that would provide six hours a week, right?
Think about it. These people are too lazy to be on welfare!
That’s a new low.
The problem with people today is that they not only lack motivation to work, they don’t want to start at the bottom rung and work their way up. They want the cushy office job making a six-figure salary without all of the hard work that must by necessity come before you can reap the rewards of success.
There are plenty of jobs out there, but a lot of them are at the bottom rung of the ladder. If these people are unskilled and uneducated like Bolden says in the quote above, then they need to suck up the pride and take one of these jobs, whether or not they feel it is “beneath them.”
If these individuals apply themselves, working hard and learning new skills on the job, they can build their resume which will open up more doors of opportunity down the line.
It’s not the government’s job to take care of the poor who are able-bodied. The Bible clearly says if a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat. The principle here is that every person is responsible for taking care of themselves, and even in a bad American economy, there are still opportunities galore to be had for those willing to work hard.
It’s a sad commentary on the state of American society when people become so darn lazy they can’t meet a six-hour volunteer requirement in order to get welfare.
(H/T Young Cons)