The welfare system in Maine took a major move towards reform thanks to Governor Paul LePage.
The Republican Governor changed the rules for able-bodied adults without dependents to require them to either work for at least twenty hours a week, take a job training class, or volunteer at least six hours a week in order to continue to receive their welfare benefits.
Since this rule was set in place, according to the New York Times, the number of able-bodied adults without dependents that received food stamps has dropped by 80 percent.
This has been a huge success and prove to those who say that if you enable someone to sit at home all day without a job by paying for everything for them, they will. However, if you require those people to get at least a part-time job or require that they volunteer for six hours per week in order to receive benefits, they will put themselves to work.
Many liberals are calling this situation inhumane, or an attack on the poor, however when the bare minimum is looked at, it is more than reasonable. Six hours per week of volunteer duty amounts to 51 minutes per day helping others and then having the taxpayer foot the bill for your food for that month. When considered in this light, it can seem more than fair.
Liberals however are pointing out that by making people who have become dependent on food stamps work, many of them are unable to meet the minimum requirements to receive food stamps, and are turning to the local food pantries to feed their family.
As with all liberal arguments, they cite a few anecdotal cases that cannot be verified due to privacy laws as proof that something is unfair. During the Affordable Care Act debate, Barack Obama’s own mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was just one person who was used as a prime example of someone who died because she could not afford health insurance. Unfortunately, after a little digging, it turned out that the president had completely made up that story, just as he made up his ‘composite girlfriend’ to raise awareness about racism in the country.
With Maine’s partial welfare reform, anecdotes are pouring in from the left of people who cannot afford to eat, and lack the skills to find a decent paying job, or can’t find enough volunteer work to meet the six-hour per week requirement.
Though it may not be appealing to an adult, sometimes you just need to swallow your pride and take that job flipping burgers. Start at the bottom and work your way up, and you will be surprised at what a positive attitude and hard work will get you.
“I am for doing good to the poor, but… I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed… that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, them more they did for themselves, and became richer.”