The success of government food stamps’ perpetuation of poverty is being challenged by Kansas and Maine, which are returning recipients to work and taking a bite out of destitution.
The floodgates to food stamps opened wide after the Obama administration allowed states to nix the program’s work requirement of 20 hours weekly (or job training) for able-bodied adults, Fox News reports.
As a consequence, 93 percent of Kansas’ food stamp recipients lived in poverty, according to a report from the Foundation for Government Accountability.
Since Kansas instituted work requirements, 60 percent of individuals formerly on food stamps found work within a year. And half who left the government’s food line now are earning above the poverty level, The Daily Signal reports.
Additionally, Kansas’ caseload decreased 75 percent and that state’s food stamp benefits for able-bodied adults dropped from $5.5 million to $1.2 million per month.
Similarly in Maine, the caseload of employable adults plummeted by 80 percent in the first three months after that state instituted a work requirement.
These are Americans who want to work and lift themselves out of poverty. Instead, the government’s 80 means-tested welfare programs encourage dependency along with poverty of income and spirit.
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