It has been said that the government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always rely on Paul’s vote.
And if you consider that this strategy can be configured to create a lot more Pauls than Peters, it’s a powerful technique for getting votes for the politicians who support the Pauls.
Never mind whether this is good policy, fair, or even sustainable over time. It has worked pretty well for the left as it has created a permanent underclass who can be counted on to vote for the liberals.
In that sense, the strategy imprisons in a cycle of poverty those it purports to help.
The food stamp program would be a primary example of the left’s success in creating permanent supporters.
Preventing hunger and malnutrition among those who are struggling and their children is a noble goal. Helping get these people off this temporary assistance as they become self-supporting is a worthy goal as well.
One way to do that is to require that those who can work actually DO work in order to qualify for food stamps. And where that requirement is established, the food stamp rolls decrease.
Via: Fox News:
“After the food stamp rolls swelled for years under the Obama administration, fresh figures show a dramatic reduction in states that recently have moved to restore work requirements.
States were allowed to waive those rules for able-bodied adults thanks to the 2009 economic stimulus.
As the rules loosened and the economy sputtered out of the recession, food stamp enrollment soared to record levels – peaking at nearly 48 million nationwide in 2013.”
The above is the example of what we’ve been discussing – the expansion of welfare programs in order to buy votes.
So once you get people on welfare, the key to their continued political support is to keep them on welfare.
But here’s the remedy to this enslavement of people in a life of welfare:
“But while that number has dipped gradually in recent years, some 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.
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.”
Legislation at the federal level would reform the food-stamp program to require people who are able to work or participate in job-training programs as a condition for receiving benefits.
“That is the goal of Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who have introduced a bill to require able-bodied adults without children to participate in ‘work activation’ initiatives as a condition of their benefits. It also imposes time limits on SNAP participation.
“‘We should be incentivizing work, not providing a disincentive to find a job, which is a good thing both for the taxpayer as well as for the beneficiary,’ Jordan said.
‘The focus of these programs should be on how we can help adults get their families to a better way of life,’ Jordan said.”
Helping people so they can become self-supporting and ultimately help others is a goal worth pursuing. And it might be the only tactic that will stop this country’s downward spiral.
Source: Fox News