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

Dave SmartierJan 7, 20184 1443 votes +3 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.

© Article’s author: Newt Gingrich.
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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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