Welfare reform works, and what happened in Maine, where Gov. Paul LePage instituted work rules for food-stamp recipients in 2014, proves it.
Last month the Washington Examiner explained that the number of able-bodied adults without children receiving food stamps in Maine dropped by 90 percent from a high of 13,589 in 2014 to a low of 1,206 in November of 2015.
Call me crazy, but that sounds like one hell of a success! Mary Mayhew, the commissioner of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, agreed.
“We have to make sure that our focus is on food stamps and other welfare programs being a last resort, not a way of life, and that we’re promoting employment,” she said.
I wholeheartedly agree! I want people who genuinely need help to get it, but I expect them to work diligently to get back on their feet.
Writing for Allen West’s blog, a writer known as “The Analytical Economist” opined as follows:
This is good for everyone.
Good for the taxpayers who are funding 90% less in food stamps.
Good for the state government, which has added more taxpayers to its rolls.
And lastly, it’s good for the poor. Welfare doesn’t cure poverty; work does. Liberals can complain about how low the minimum wage is all they want, the truth is that only 2.7% of people who work full time live in poverty.
Let’s reform welfare. The poor need it.
Yes, yes and yes a hundred times over!
Unfortunately, President Barack Obama and the fools who work directly for him vehemently disagree.
If anything, they want to expand food stamps and other entitlement programs so that they cover even more people — many of whom likely do not even genuinely need or deserve such help.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why governors like Paul LePage deserve so much credit. Without their help on the state level, the entitlement crisis would likely be even worse than it already has become.
Kudos to you, LePage!
About V. Saxena
V. Saxena is a conservative news writer and social/political commentator for the Conservative Tribune, the Federalist Papers Project and Downtrend.com who strives tirelessly to expose the errant hypocrisy of liberalism.