The state of Georgia will be requiring all able bodied people with no children to work 20 hours a week in order to continue to receive benefits. This is not not a sudden thought turned to public policy. In January, Georgia tested the program in three counties with astonishing results. Sixty percent of all recipients who met the criteria for work dropped out of the welfare program. It’s safe to say at least a portion of those who dropped out did so because they were committing fraud. People who get paid off the books for working would not be able to put in the 20 hours a week required.
Liberals are freaking out. They claim that republicans are taking away the safety net and that it will cause much suffering. That’s not the case as the program only affects able bodied people with no children. State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, a Democrat. is one of those who tried to criticize the program because:
“There are a lot of people who cannot find jobs based on criminal records, a lack of education, the availability of jobs and impairments. I believe we should have a safety net for those people.”
That of course is a damn lie. The work requirement requires the able bodied to work for government non profits who are happy to take ex cons in order to get their charitable work done. The recipients are getting free food. Who in their right mind would cut all of that off just to keep from doing some light work for 20 hours a week? Those who are committing fraud or the extremely lazy.
Some, like state Rep. Greg Morris, think it doesn’t go far enough:
“No one who is able-bodied and able to work should be drawing food stamps, period.”
If it cuts food stamps by 60% statewide, it should send a powerful message to all elected officials coast to coast. But it won’t.