Rider: Minor “food stamp” reform draws apoplectic responses from welfare pimps

Contrary to the lies of AOC and the Democrats, food stamps will continue to go to over 34 MILLION people.  But, there are 700,000 SINGLE people under the age of 49 that will be forced to WORK if they want to get food stamps.  Imagine, the taxpayers want something for their money—effort and work.

“The reform is limited to able-bodied adults without minor children. It does not include people over age 49 (the age limitation is NOT included in the article).  Also it exempts people with “a disability” — a loosey-goosey designation in itself.  Again, not mentioned in the story.
https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/fr-120419

This reform also applies only to LONG TERM SNAP recipients — most can score this benefit for 3 months simply by being unemployed.   Of course, that’s not mentioned in this story.”

We have more than seven million jobs open in this country.  We are talking about 700,00.  If they can not find a job, they can do 80 hours a month of community service, to qualify for food stamps.  Democrats prefer watching Seinfeld than working.  What do you think?

Minor “food stamp” reform draws apoplectic responses from welfare pimps

Richard Rider Rants,   12/8/19   

Below is a WONDERFUL example of media bias in a “news” story.  It’s a NEW YORK TIMES article decrying a modest proposed “Trump” food stamp (SNAP) eligibility reform. 

Given that it’s a NY TIMES article, arguably it is BY DEFINITION biased.  But more important for me, it’s printed in my local SAN DIEGO U-T.    And doubtless printed in hundreds of other papers across the nation — plus it serves as the basis for scores of bleating TV stories.  It’s defined as news — the NY TIMES doesn’t even bother to name the author/reporter.

Start with the U-T headline — “Nearly 700,000 set to lose Access to Food Stamps.”  That a big number — until you realize that 36,400,000 people now receive the SNAP food subsidy.  That’s a tepid reform that AT MOST affects only 1.9% of current recipients.  Nowhere is this fact mentioned.
https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/resource-files/29SNAPcurrPP-11.pdf

The reform is limited to able-bodied adults without minor children. It does not include people over age 49 (the age limitation is NOT included in the article).  Also it exempts people with “a disability” — a loosey-goosey designation in itself.  Again, not mentioned in the story.
https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/fr-120419

This reform also applies only to LONG TERM SNAP recipients — most can score this benefit for 3 months simply by being unemployed.   Of course, that’s not mentioned in this story.

There’s potential exemptions for areas with over 6% unemployment.  Need I mention that this fact was not revealed in the NY TIMES propaganda piece?

The sensible government rationale for this reform is that in this booming labor market, such unemployed SNAP recipients should be able to find a job — and get off this welfare benefit.  That IS mentioned in the article, followed by welfare pimps claiming that too many such people can’t find a job.

But MOST IMPORTANT,  what the NY TIMES fails to mention is that there’s two OTHER ways one can qualify for food stamps.  Either participate in a work training program 80 hours month, or “volunteer” to work a few hours (the number is undefined) a month in community service — largely useless jobs like picking up trash or raking leaves.  It’s IN the regulation, but apparently no one bothered to read the damn thing.
https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/abawd-factsheet.pdf

Now, if someone is so high, or drunk, or crazy that they can’t pick up trash, then they probably can’t figure out how to qualify for SNAP benefits in the first place.  If they CAN figure it out and they meet the other requirements, then they likely can pick up trash.

BTW, if you think my NY TIMES example is an aberration, Google “SNAP reform” and limit your search to the last 30 days or so.  Granted, many use the NY TIMES article as the basis for their own story, but that’s no excuse for these gross misrepresentations by most of the media.

Will this program really save taxpayers money? Let’s look at a real world example.  In Maine, when they required able-bodied single adults to work, get job training, or perform 26 hours of community service a month, 80% of those bums (yes, BUMS) decided not to receive their food stamp welfare rather than comply.

How can 80% of these “needy” people turn down free food for a little labor?    I suspect that closer analysis would show that most of these 700,000 single able-bodied adult SNAP recipients ARE working — off the books. Millions of Americans work for cash — including (but not limited to) drug dealers, prostitutes, burglars, robbers, panhandlers, handymen, nannies, maids, gardeners — and many, many others.  They really DO have a better option than performing public service gigs.

Maine’s stunning fiscal success upsets progressives.  Which tells us a lot about progressives.
https://riderrants.blogspot.com/2016/02/maine-required-childless-adults-to-work.html

People don’t starve in America.  Millions do suffer from malnutrition, but that’s usually their choice — fast food, starches and empty calories. 

The DC government idiots allow SNAP recipients to use their benefit at fast food joints — low quality food at much higher prices (compared to grocery store items). Arguably the fattest people in America are the poor.

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Comments

  1. ExCaliExpat says

    Unfortunately, I’m starting to see the other side’s perspective on this one, since being over 40 pretty much excludes one from being able to get a job in this screwed up society…
    And that’s with an MBA…which gets me told that I’m “overqualified” if I hear anything at all…
    But then again, I’ve been blessed with inherited resources to tide me over, but without those, things would be looking REALLY grim…
    But philosophically yes, I still believe that welfare should be a hand UP to tide one over, not a hand OUT to welfare kings or queens….

  2. You should only be able to get it for a limited time. Say 6 months but is would vary depending on what the local job situation is. After that they can be put to work doing something like picking up trash 2 days a week. That leaves them 3 days a week to find a job. There are of course details to be worked out but the outline is there. The idea is to offer a helping hand while you look for a job not a permanent handout.

  3. My one half cents–after taxes of the two—-
    I view this as a slippery slope to Socialism . The thought of being forced to work for the company or die is something that does not sit well with me. I can see Training for a job while you work but not an enslavement to government to survive. Don’t know what the answer is but I don’t think this program is it.
    From the sword of———–

  4. The answer to this problem is a simple one. When an able body person can make more on the welfare dole than working at a real job, there is no reason to work. This is where the socialist vision of “Commiefornia” has taken the state. It is also why we have one third of all the welfare recipients in the country in California. Until this problem is adressed the problem will never be resolved.

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