The governor of Maine has decided to let the waiver for work requirement to get food stamps to expire. Now, people in the state of Maine that are able bodied who want to receive assistance with food stamps have to work for them. Single parents with children are not required to work for them, but I think a solution to that could be found.
People who cannot find paying jobs should be required to work at least twenty hours a week at a soup kitchen, food pantry, or some other charitable organization to earn their keep. If that is not feasible in their area, there are plenty of parks and roadsides that need to be cleared of the litter others throw out without regard to others, but that part is a post for another day.
It is time for people not to be a burden on the workers of America and become a functioning part in the working class. Welfare handed out without the recipient working to earn that assistance is detriment to society, not an aid, as it teaches people that you don’t have to earn your keep and you can make someone else do it for you.
But not only does the work requirement alleviate recipients from being a burden on society, it helps restore a sense of self worth through the interaction with others while working. At the end of the day, instead of getting a hand out, they can see that they earned it.
People who become dependent upon society for long periods eventually accept being a burden on others as an acceptable lifestyle. No able bodied person should be entitled to live their life as a parasite on others.
While Maine got this idea right, in New Mexico there are people suing in attempts to keep from having to earn their food stamps. The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the Southwest Organizing Project filed suits stating the law requiring people to work to earn food stamps is unfair.
Why can’t these people who filed the suits realize that by fighting to allow people to be a burden to others, they are perpetuating the problem.