The freebies are over kids; no more free-loaders in the United States as President Trump’s 2018 budget[a] will require able-bodied adults to work to receive food stamps, saving $190 billion over the next ten years.
At this point every single working Australian is probably drooling at the very idea of this; I mean, it makes sense. People who are capable of working, have to for government benefits and those who aren’t capable of working will continue receiving government benefits anyway.
It’s a system to de-incentivize being on benefits because “why should I work? Someone else will and the government will look after me” and encourage employment by simply removing the benefits of not working.
Once again, this makes sense; because why should someone who works hard, doing plenty of overtime throughout a week to earn a large sum themselves, have to pay up to half of their earning to support the lives and lifestyles of people who are too lazy to do so themselves because they just don’t feel like it.
A good example of this is the recent discovery of a Syrian refugee that claimed social benefits in Germany[a] for his 4 wives and 23 children (one of which is married and lives in Saudi Arabia) to the sum of €360,000 EUR ($528,354 AUD) per year.
Now let me ask you this, why should a refugee from another country be entitled to the earnings of the native German citizens hard work? Especially since that Germany played no significant part in anything to do with the Middle-Easts collapse. Not only that, but why are they entitled to 13.2 TIMES THE AMOUNT of the average German wage (€27,240 EUR/ year[a]).
It’s simply idiotic.
Back to the topic at hand; President Trump wrote in his letter to Congress “We must reform our welfare system so that it does not discourage able-bodied adults from working, which takes away scarce resources from those in real need. Work must be the center of our social policy.”
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney also commented at a press conference saying “If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, then we need you to go to work.”
In 2000 there were 17 million Americans who received food stamps; that number is now 50 million thanks to the Bush and Obama administrations. That number is double the entire population of Australia on food stamps due to the leadership of George W. Bush and Barrack H. Obama.
Food stamps (officially Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP) cost more than $83 billion a year. A study in 2011 confirmed that food stamp recipients spent more money on candy compared to any other food item; confirming much of it goes to waste.
Some studies estimate that around 4.7 million Americans receive food stamps who are able-bodied, not elderly, and do not have children or dependents. Requiring work for food stamps would save the country $8.4 billion every year.
Robert Rector (a welfare expert at the Heritage Foundation) said that requiring work for food stamps was at the core of welfare reform in the 1990s. President Trump is “picking the gauntlet off the ground where the Republican party dropped it.” President Trump’s budget would require states to fund one dollar for every four dollars the federal government spends on food stamps.
Many states have requirements to work for food stamps; though during the Obama administration, states were granted waivers to these requirements and many still continue to use these waivers.
Maine was one state that used these waivers but dropped them in 2014. Before Maine dropped their waiver, there were 13,332 recipients for food stamps. In March 2015 recipients for food stamps dropped to 2,678 (80 percent reduction) who decided to get a job or participate in job training/ volunteering. That just over 9000 people who dropped out of the program; this led many analysts to observe that many of those recipients worked cash in hand and still collected food stamps to subsidize their expenses.
“We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of people on these programs,” Mulvaney said. “We’re going to measure compassion by how many people we can get off these programs.”
President Donald Trump said during his inauguration speech, “We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.”
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