Welfare reform: 6 million open jobs - the challenge is to get people back to work

Dave SmartierJan 7, 20182 6891 vote +1 rating

The Trump economy is strong. The stock market is at record highs and the unemployment rate is at a 17-year low. This is thanks largely to the Trump Administration’s aggressive regulatory reforms and the passage of historic tax cuts. Business after business is celebrating the passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by announcing new investments, bonuses, and pay raises.

But despite soaring business confidence and a strong economy, businesses are scrambling to find workers to fill 6 million open jobs. And now, their primary challenge is to get people who have been sitting on the sidelines back to work.

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Welfare reform: to get people back to workPresident Trump knows our broken welfare system is a major barrier to achieving this goal, and he has vowed to tackle welfare reform next. And it’s a good thing, because welfare definitely is, as the President put it, “out of control.”

In 2000, over 17 million Americans received food stamps, officially known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. That number has swelled to more than 42 million today. As a result of Obama Administration’s policies, the number of Americans on food stamps is now greater than the population of Canada.

Nationwide spending on the program is roughly $70 billion annually – 20% of which is wasted on junk food, candy, soda, and other sugary drinks. Consider California, which spent more than $1 billion on food stamp benefits in August and September alone.

During the Obama years, liberals argued that the program was expanding rapidly due to the recession. But that was only half the story, as the Obama Administration also expanded program eligibility through aggressive administrative actions.

And now, despite the booming economy and employers who are desperate for more workers, enrollment in food stamps remains high – and is not expected to return to pre-recession levels any time soon, if ever.

Simple American’s best rating opinion:

They don’t want to go to work everyday. They just want to hang out in their apartment building everyday till 4AM then sleep till 2PM. Get a 6 pack, smoke a doobie, sex w 3 women then repeat it 6 more days. They can’t stand being responsible and following the rules of a supervisor at a workplace. They want to get everything free and answer to no one. You know who I speak of. It’s a plague on society. And while you’re at work, they have all day to break into your place.

The good news is that President Trump has a chance to take on food stamps in the upcoming Farm Bill, which funds the program and is reauthorized every five years. The bad news is that unfortunately, the food stamp program is not the only runaway welfare program.

Medicaid enrollment has soared to nearly 75 million, with almost one out of every five Americans on the program. Medicaid spending is now 30% of state budgets, and the number of working age, able-bodied adults on the program has more than quadrupled since 2000. Even worse, 52% of non-disabled adult enrollees do not work at all. Let me repeat, these are able-bodied Americans who have decided not to work.

Simple American’s best rating opinion:

Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Bridge Cards; no cash for Ding Dongs, soda and junk foods, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, and smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a 60” LED TV, a cell phone or a computer with high speed internet, then get a job and your own place. Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules.

Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem”, consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem. If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

Similarly, Social Security Disability for working-age adults nearly doubled from 1996 to 2015, increasing from 7.7 million to 13 million and pulling more working-age adults out of the workforce. Are we to believe, with all of our workplace safety and health care advancements in the past 20 years, that Americans are now nearly twice as likely to become disabled as they were two decades ago? Or are there simply now more people collecting disability who are actually fully capable of working?

Simple American’s best rating opinion:

100 % agree work is the best future for anyone, but their has to be equal chance of outcomes from wages vs. welfare payments. To move someone out of welfare of say baseline $20,000 a year benefits, then wages on a job should offer $25,000 to balance cost of car, insurance, child care, food cost, and other costs of being on the go. A healthy economy makes that all possible, jobs with limited illegal’s competition, reform of product importation rules to help industry recovery, all are key to this working...

This is why President Trump’s plan to tackle welfare reform is so important. With no major federal welfare reform in over 20 years, these programs have continued to consume more public funds and encourage more Americans to seek dependency, rather than a productive work life.

Simple American’s best rating opinion:

Welfare and disability are terribly abused and we can’t afford to pack chronically lazy people anymore. It is breaking us and unsustainable. I’d be the first one to help someone through a change or transition, but it can’t be a way of life. I know generations of the same family who are always on welfare or disability.

When we worked with President Clinton to pass welfare reform in 1996, it helped drive the boom of the late 1990s. The welfare rolls shrunk by 60% nationwide and low-income families formerly on welfare went to work and saw their incomes increase by 25%. As a result, child poverty rates fell every year through 2000. In fact, it was the largest improvement in children leaving poverty in American history.

Simple American’s best rating opinion:

People in Ohio have it down to a science... you can continue to receive welfare here for seven years after the birth of a child. So, around the time the child turns five, mom starts actively trying for another. She does this several times until one of the kids is old enough to take her place and repeats the cycle. If the original mom is very lucky, she has multiple children doing the same thing and all living together. They’ve made a living out of cranking out children to stay on welfare their entire lives.

To do this again, we must get people back to work. One of the reasons that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash welfare dependency hasn’t grown out of control, while enrollment in other welfare programs has dramatically increased, is that TANF has a work requirement and a time limit. Conversely, the food stamp program has a work requirement for only a narrow segment of adults and has been largely waived, and Medicaid has none at all, although states are now asking that it be added. The Trump Administration’s budget wisely proposes applying work requirements more broadly in the welfare system.

Simple American’s best rating opinion:

It is time that people and government alike recognize the fact that the welfare program cannot be “reformed”. It should be eliminated all together and replaced with nothing. Get rid of the AFDC, food stamps, subsidized housing and everything else associated with the program. People who are not capable of fully supporting themselves and their families through the job market must again, learn to rely on supportive family, church, community, or private charity to bridge the gap instead of remaining a leech on the society as a whole. If that makes me a coldhearted you-know-what, then I can live with it.

It’s smart because work requirements help lift people out of poverty. Maine and Kansas have shown that work requirements in TANF and food stamps helped people more than double their earnings.

The President should take an all-of-the-above approach to welfare reform. He should pull back on some of the Obama Administration’s overreaches, approve waiver requests, advocate for Congress to reform food stamps in the upcoming Farm Bill, and work with Congress on additional legislation.

Simple American’s best rating opinion:

The problem isn’t with most of the people legitimately on welfare, Medicaid disability and/or food stamps. The problem is with the people that fraudulently use the programs. There are millions of them. There should be some way of investigating people that apply for these programs in order to prove that they really need the help.

Now is not the time for structural entitlement reform of Social Security or Medicare, but there is no better time economically and politically to tackle welfare reform and enable millions of Americans to experience the power of work. There is no more powerful economic force than an American experiencing the dignity of work and pride in a paycheck, earning the admiration of their children and the respect of their community. Let’s unleash it.

Simple American’s best rating opinion:

Start taking responsibility for yourselves. If you need stop gap help. God bless, taxpayers are more than willing to pay. But we’re sick and tired of being taken for granted. We don’t want to pay for your junk food, sleaze, gambling and liquor. We’re tired of you using ERs for basic health care. We’re tired of paying for college for people majoring in jobs that will never help you realize a good future with a good job. We’re tired of allowing people to skip their loan obligations. We’re tired of funding abortions. We’re tired of paying for illegals when there are citizens in need. Get a job, go to work.

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  1. Chris Maccenroy
    Chris MaccenroyJournalist
    2018-01-9, 1:36PM
    There are always people who truly need help through no fault of their own, but now we have entire generations of families who view welfare as a way of life and feel they are entitled to my tax money. Democrats encourage poverty and dependence on governmental programs designed specifically to keep poor and disadvantaged people "in their place". It's the new slavery and the Democrats who own the plantations are entirely to blame.
  2. iLawyer
    2018-01-9, 1:35PM
    Welfare reform should require job skill set training that is marketable and will allow the person to get off welfare forever. Not these job training program that get you in debt for a job that does not pay the bills. Welfare should not be all or nothing. A person should be able to work their way off welfare without the benefit being cut off just because they find a job that does not pay enough to live. There also should be a time limit of how long you can receive government help.
  3. Kristeen Felipe
    2018-01-9, 7:45AM
    Get rid of unemployment welfare when you can guarantee a job with a living wage for every able bodied adult in the country with affordable child and elder care and health care (including daycare for disabled children where appropriate) in every part of the country. When you can be CERTAIN that no one needs it, get rid of it. Not before.

    Then you can put what it costs into ensuring that the elderly, those unable to work through no fault of their own (disabilities, etc) are properly looked after by their country and not tossed on the trash heap. Starving people into jobs that don't pay the bills and leave them in worse poverty isn't the answer. No full time job should pay less than it costs to live.
  4. Sarah Gillmor
    Sarah GillmorJournalist
    2018-01-9, 7:37AM
    We have needed welfare reform for years. People grow up knowing how to play the system and live for free. It's about time they worked! All the hundreds of dollars I see people using for food stamps, getting free rent, popping out kids and all so they can get everything free! It's time it stopped!

    Take some of them and gave them work in government funded daycares, while the rest get other jobs. No more hand outs. Drug tests mandatory if u receive assistance. If you go to jail or fail the drug test your kicked off the program.There problem solved!
    1. Morpheius
      2018-01-9, 2:39PM
      All food stamp spending should be regulated, with requirements for "healthy food" spending, the same as WIC is regulated. I am tired of my tax dollars being wasted on soda, junk food, and TANF dollars being withdrawn for use on liquor, cigarettes, and casinos. There should also be a crackdown on the illegal sale/trade of food stamps for 50-70 cents on the dollar so the seller can purchase drugs. This money is supposed to feed the poor, not support an illegal drug habit.
  5. Blobastre Reize
    2018-01-9, 7:23AM
    "There is no better time economically and politically to tackle welfare reform and enable millions of Americans to experience the power of work."

    Sounds good, but can we start with those in Congress? Voting themselves raises, pensions and health care for life (not Obamacare) and other perks. All the while they barely pass legislation and sling mud at each other in a dog and pony show for the public. I guess they're too busy sexually assaulting random people to actually do their jobs. They may not be poor, but they're sure getting a lot of welfare for what little they do. So as much as I'd like to see welfare reform, we should start at the top. Roll back salaries, term limits and put them on ACA before tackling the little guys at the bottom. If we don't clean up the top there is no way we can expect effective reform elsewhere.
  6. Tommy Miles
    Tommy MilesJournalist
    2018-01-8, 6:26AM
    Of course the talking point for the liberals is they are going to push grandma over a cliff. Their argument is so tired. Cutting the growth of anything is not cutting off that program or the amount of money people are receiving now. It's not allowing the growth of these programs to destroy themselves from the inside out. It's about giving people hope and opportunity, through jobs and better pay. Think about the money that can be saved just by enforcing our immigration laws. Of course the left will say that illegal immigrants aren't a drain on our welfare system. The facts are just the opposite to the tune of billions of dollars a year. So stop the growth, root out the abuse, and give people on welfare hope and opportunity. I'll stand at the bottom of the cliff to catch grandma.
  7. Dave Smartier
    Author: Dave SmartierJournalist
    2018-01-7, 1:22PM
    Simple solutions:

    1. You live off of handouts you can't vote. Let those who pay the bill decide.
    2. Welfare because your a single mother with kids - no more kids or no more money after two, you suffer or you get some form of birth control or sterilized. Government will do it for free. Saves costs.
    3. In and out of prison constantly? Forced sterilization at the very least. No passing on your lousy genes. No possibility you impregnate some woman and leave her to raise kids w/o a father or get paid to have kids.

    In other words your rights do not get you freebies to abuse, you want something you comply to get it, you are no longer allowed to contribute to the problem because "it's your right".
    1. Randall Mark
      Randall MarkJournalist
      2018-01-8, 6:23AM
      Maybe you'd need less welfare if you increased the minimum wage to a point where you could survive on it. Let's be clear, I'm not talking about driving around in a new car and going out to eat on a regular basis, but working minimum wage for 40 hours every week should allow a single person to pay for a studio apt, his/her utilities, groceries, and other modest bills. In most parts of the country you can't even afford the apt on minimum wage. You have to make a choice. You either need a minimum wage that allows people to survive, or you need to provide more welfare. The welfare you're currently giving is to corporations that can afford to pay a living wage to their people, but choose not to.
      1. iNexussbeene
        2018-01-9, 7:40AM
        There are two more things that need done:

        1) Every public assistance program needs a vigorous anti-fraud unit with the authority to kick people off the program for keeps if they are caught abusing the program.

        2) Every public assistance program must recognize benefits provided by other programs that cover the same need as "income" for the purpose of eligibility. No more picking up three checks to help with the heat, cashing two and spending the money on luxuries.
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