When Governor Paul LePage instituted his policy of welfare reform he was met with the obvious and predictable push back from those progressive Democratic legislators, who apparently felt it was discriminating to ask able-bodied folks to at least do a little work for their benefits.

Apparently the good governor’s efforts are being rewarded, in that according to the Maine DHHS, the reform policy is working. Which no doubt is good news for those hard-working tax payers and perhaps not such new news for those liberal politicians, who count on a sustained entailment society for their votes.

The simple requirements called for able-bodied individuals (without children), to either work 20-hours a week or volunteer 24-hours a month, to receive food stamps.

The results have been astounding in that those that refused to participate were removed from the welfare rolls, and remarkably their wages increased by 114% because they were forced to go back into the workforce.

“Our findings confirm what we have been saying. That the best way out of poverty is with a good paying job," DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said.

And of course even with those undisputed findings, the liberal and progressive establishment attempts to make excuses for the obvious success, suggesting that part of the group studied may have found work and then* chose not to meet requirements for food stamps because they no longer needed them.

Which simply sounds like more “double-speak” that liberal politicians love to engage in, reminiscent of what “is”…”is.”

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However there’s no denying success, in that Maine’s welfare reform program under Governor Paul LePage has led to nearly a reduction of 70% of able-bodied adults seeking food stamps, or perhaps more precisely able-bodied individuals dropped from the program went from 12,000 individuals down to 2,680.

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In short a little “tough love” can be a big motivating fact in getting healthy able-bodied individuals back into the workforce, and once again helping them become productive working citizens, after-all shouldn’t that be a vital part of welfare reform?

Source: WGME



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