These Welfare Abusers Have Been Put on Notice, The Free Ride is Almost Over
People have been living off welfare for years and years, but change is coming and it could prove disastrous to those abusers who work their way through the system and keep their benefits coming.
We've reported before on several states that are reinstating a 1996 welfare rule that mandates welfare recipients to either get a job or be involved in a work training program that will help them find a job.
The law affects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which is one of several "food stamp" welfare programs at work in the United States.
Though many liberals are calling the reinstatement of the rule a blow to poor and underprivileged families everywhere, the SNAP program will still benefit millions of Americans.
Individuals with disabilities, mental or physical, families with small children, aged citizens, and those who are truly in need can qualify for the food stamp service.
Those adults ages 18-49 who don't fit in the categories above, however, will be forced to prove that they are employed for at least 20 hours per week or enrolled in a job training program through their local city or other group.
Those who monitor the number of welfare recipients in America estimate that, as more and more states end the moratorium on the '96 law, almost 1 million, undeserving welfare recipients could be forced to find work.
In Arizona, one of the newest states to declare an end to the free handouts without work, local news organizations estimate that over 30,000 people would be forced to start finding temporary and part-time jobs to keep up the food stamps.
In this issue it's important to keep in mind that there are people in America who truly need the help that welfare and food stamps bring. That's why the law was designed: to give people a foot up when they need it.
But if there are people in the system who are leeching money and resources from the rest of the country, we need to root these people out and clean up the welfare system so that those who really need the help can receive the benefits.