Commentary by John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer
From the Conservative Tribune:
“Right now American conservatives are arguing over the idea that the US should provide at least a minimum safety net for citizens who fall on economic hard times and need assistance to get back on their feet. One thing conservatives are not arguing about, however, is the idea that too many freeloaders consider such assistance an entitlement and abuse it for as long as they can.
The use of food stamps is a case in point. More and more families use food stamps as their primary means of receiving not only groceries but also questionable items for people supposedly living at the subsidence level, such as tobacco products and alcohol.
Now the state of New Mexico has decided if people want food stamps, they’ll have to start working.
The state’s Human Services Department has proposed that parents of children more than six years old will have to participate in 80 hours of activities per month, including community service, job searches and training.
This is an expansion of a requirement that had only affected single, healthy individuals, aged 16-60, previously.
The advantages of the expanded requirement are twofold. It will force food-stamp recipients to get training so they can work and take care of themselves and their families. This, in turn, will presumably lead to a reduction in the number of those on food stamps.
‘In addition to reducing recipients’ need for assistance, work programs seek to enhance recipients’ sense of self-worth and esteem,’ the Human Services Department added in its employment and training plan for 2016. ‘Working parents provide an appropriate role model for children in the home, thereby contributing to a reduction in multi-generational dependency.’
But opponents to the plan argue that the new requirement will increase the number of individuals and families suffering from poverty and hunger.
‘Ultimately, it’s going to be the family that is going to have less Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food-stamp) benefits if the adult is not able to comply,’ Louise Pocock, an attorney from the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty told Albuquerque’s KOAT-TV.
America’s transformation into an entitlement society has accelerated under the Obama regime. Credit the state of New Mexico for deciding to do something about it.”
My Opinion: So those who use Food Stamps as a method of avoiding work will have to leave the TV and actually get a job. How dare we ask them to do that! And please, someone explain to me how a work requirement will increase the number of families living in poverty? That isn’t bad reasoning, it’s no reasoning at all. I’ve always thought if you are a productive member of society you will be rewarded with a paycheck and a stable way of life. It’s that’s simple. I know there are those with additional challenges and for them, the disabled, the pregnant, the mentally incompetent there should be help. But if you are able bodied and expect taxpayers to support you, for Shame!
By the way, it’s hardly a surprise that the far left New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty should lament the terrible fate of those required to work for a living. The title “Center for Law and Poverty” was no doubt derived from the infamous Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, Alabama. To give you an idea of the lunacy of this group, the SPLC now counts 784 known Hate Groups in the United States. In 2013, the Singing Nuns made the list because they were ostensibly anti-Semitic. Checking the SPLC site now, there are No Results in a search for the dangerous entertainers. Apparently even the SPLC can be shamed to SOME extent.