Great news for fiscal conservatives: the government is tying food stamps to recipients’ ability and willingness to seek some form of employment.
While it may be welcome news to those who feel we spend too much on a welfare program that does nothing but encourage dependency, liberals are aghast at the fact that the government is requiring food stamp beneficiaries to meet some very basic requirements before they get their assistance. While to most people this might seem reasonable, to them it is an unconscionable crime with few parallels in history.
Such hysterical reactions are all the more unwarranted when one actually looks at the the recently-introduced requirements. For able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 49 without children or dependents to continue participating in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, they must work, volunteer, or take part in a job training program for at least 20 hours a week.
The new requirements, which went into effect this past Friday, can hardly be called draconian. But in spite of this, some are already projecting major decreases in the number of food stamp recipients across the nation, as beneficiaries cannot or simply refuse to follow the new rules.
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