Of all the reasons to object to welfare and food stamps, one of the most compelling is just how many people manage to abuse the system every single day.
It’s exactly why so many conservatives protest the expansion of welfare programs. While they slave away 8-12 hours a day for 5-6 days a week, other fully capable people sit at home on their duff and get paid to do nothing.
At one point in time, as many as 47 million Americans received some kind of government aid.
Of those 47 million, an untold amount receives a welfare check without making a single attempt to better their lives by securing a job.
However, in the past 12-16 months, the number of people who receive food stamps and other forms of welfare has done the unexpected.
It’s gone down!
Yes, you read that correctly, the number of people who are getting a check from the government is on the decline.
Now before you think this is the doing of the man in charge over there on Pennsylvania avenue you need to understand this is only because a few state legislators have made changes to their welfare programs.
These numbers have fallen only because there are new requirements for welfare recipients. These requirements are that people can only stay on welfare provided they are out there looking for a job.
According to Paul Trussell, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, the number of people utilizing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, in June 2016 was down 4.7% from the same month a year before, and the number of households using SNAP was down 5.2% year-over-year.
“The month of June represents the biggest YOY decline in persons and households participating in SNAP in the program’s history,” Trussell wrote in a note to clients on Thursday.
The primary driver, according to Trussell, is the reinstitution of work rules by states. During the financial crisis, the federal government allowed states to waive requirements regarding employment for SNAP recipients as the unemployment rate soared.
Recently, however, this policy has changed as the unemployment rate has now dropped to below 5% for the country.
“In 2009, the federal stimulus bill allowed states to waive the work requirement, which limited out-of-work adults to three months of SNAP benefits before they must find a job, in areas with high unemployment,” the note said. “These waivers continue to end in many states either because 1) the federal government has not extended the waivers, or 2) state governors are opting out of them.”
This is rather incredible and it shows how effectively congress can make changes when they put the squeeze on the federal government.
At the present time, 37 states have these work requirements in place. That means there are millions and million of people being forced off of welfare because of these new provisions.
If only we could close the border down and get the remaining 13 states on board…then we’d be talking about some real change!