Maine Required Childless Adults to Work to Get Food Stamps. Here’s What Happened.

Our good friends at The Heritage Foundation offer some common sense advise about how to save big on government wealth transfer payments. How much? How about $100 per federal taxpayer?

Offering the opportunity to individuals to improve their lives rather than continue to depend on welfare should be seen as a way to offer dignity as a replacement for dependency. While some will say this puts poor people at risk, I note with significance the absence of any reported starvation among ABAWD populations in Maine.

This is actually not a totally new idea. Many years ago, I was an eligibility caseworker for a public assistance program (not in Virginia where I now live). Our county agency instituted vigorous enforcement of standards by conducting field investigations of all suspected abuse and fraud. When the program was announced (even before it began) there was a significant voluntary drop in our caseload. Over the following two years, about one third of the caseload was eliminated without harming anyone who was actually in need. In fact, with lower caseloads, our workers had more time to devote to actually helping people maximize the benefits they were eligible for.

Abraham Lincoln was said, “You never help a man by doing for him what he can and should do for himself.” It is high time that America started trying to offer more help and less handouts.

via Maine Required Childless Adults to Work to Get Food Stamps. Here’s What Happened.

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