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    Maine Drops 9000 From Food Stamps After They Refuse To Comply With Work Requirement

    Maine Drops 9000 From Food Stamps After They Refuse To Comply With Work Requirement

    Friday, September 25, 2015

    Republican Gov. Paul LePage recently began enforcing Maineís volunteer and work requirements for food stamp SNAP recipients to keep their benefits. The end result was more than 9,000 non-disabled adults getting dropped from the program.

    The rules prevent adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents from receiving food stamps for more than three months, unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program, or meet volunteer guidelines for 24 hours out of the month. Any one of those three getting met will not result in the loss of their SNAP food benefits.

    Let me emphasize. The least difficult of those three, is fulfilling an approved volunteer work load of just 24 hours out of an entire month. The hardest, is doing at least 20 hours of on the job work per week. Hey, only volunteering 24 hours per month is a seriously good deal to receive hundreds of dollars of free food. The average SNAP monthly benefit is approximately $477.88 per month for a four person household size. In most cases itís even more. For 24 hours of volunteering, thatís making about $19.91 per hour. Nice!
    In Maine, 9,000 so-called able-bodied people who are too poor to feed themselves couldnít handle that. Even more of a drastic measure, people in Maine who lose their benefits in such a manner canít regain assistance for three years.

    Liberals have sold government dependence so deliberately well, that even doing 24 hours of approved volunteer work a month for a capable adult became too much for more than 9,000 people. If it seems like Iím parroting these numbers again and again, you must realize the implications are staggering. Who in their right mind would turn down such a deal? Actually wanting a member of society to be productive in some reasonable way shouldnít be too hard to meet!

    Maineís State Rep. Scott Hamann (D) has introduced a bill that would direct the administration to seek a waiver for certain counties with high unemployment or a lack of jobsÖ but wait one damned minute! That is what doing approved volunteer work is all about. If the jobs or training programs simply arenít there because the economy is a superior mess, then why is it too hard to do 24 hours of volunteer work per freaking month?

    LePageís administration probably wonít support Hamannís legislation, and with good reason. There should be plenty of volunteer community work in even the most economically depressed regions. Either the Liberals have truly brain washed the voting masses into droning zombies, or theyíre really not that needy for food. Either way, the taxpayers who do have to work their butts off wonít have to support such mediocrity any longer.

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    The rules prevent adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents from receiving food stamps
    No one wants to get moochers off the dole, but why would someone with "dependents" not have to work the same as someone who doesn't have "dependents"? It also doesn't distinguish between "disabled" and elderly. Are the elderly who aren't "disabled" which is a high standard to meet, losing their food stamps?

    Finally, if there is a volunteer service being provided, who is it being provided to? Volunteering at a 501 C 3 "charity" tax fraud? Is this free/slave labor for them while they draw their huge salaries? A single person drawing food stamps only collects about $132 a month. Volunteering 24 hours a month doesn't even meet the minimum wage standards for this work. It's only $5.50 an hour and the organization benefiting should have to pay that as well as the shortfall to comply with minimum wage laws. And many people with no work or too little work, less than the 20 hours a week, usually don't even have access to a vehicle to get to a job or to a "charity" project.

    Sorry, I don't approve of this plan, at all.

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