Earlier this week, a new policy in Mississippi went into effect that forces those receiving welfare benefits to actually work if they want to continue to get them, and the surprising results have the anti-accountability left in a frenzy.
While we’re often told that asking welfare recipients to put in a little effort to get their benefits is inhumane, Mississippi’s experiment in attempting to motivate those accepting government handouts has proven that the opposite is true – people don’t like being sedentary, and by actually getting off their bottoms and being productive, they’re given a sense of purpose.
WLOX-TV has more:
A new policy will take effect March 30th requiring SNAP recipients to work or volunteer at least 20 hours a week. With these recent changes, some of those receiving benefits are working to make sure they don’t lose them.
“I’m working here as part of the SNAP program. For doing 40 hours a month in exchange for keeping my food stamps,” said volunteer Percy Fayard.
Monday was Fayard’s first day volunteering at Feed My Sheep in Gulfport.
“I’m in a current state of job search and I’m trying to make sure that I can still at least afford to live,” he said.
Fayard said even though the work is hard, he doesn’t mind putting in long hours in order to keep his benefits.
“I’m not as much focused on consequences of a politician’s decision or a policy change,” said Fayard. “I’m more focused on my reality and my stance right now, and I’m actually just trying to get by day to day.”
Other volunteers said they started in hopes they’d be able to keep their benefits – which they will as long as they stick with the requirements – but their community service has had a much deeper impact than simply continuing to receive benefits – they enjoy actually getting out of the house and being productive.
“Really, it’s more of a job opportunity to help you get out into the job world, and being up here helps you out a lot,” said volunteer Sharon House.
Fayard said that he has his own goals and dreams, and he’s going to pursue them no matter what, even if it means he has to do some volunteer work to stay on his feet.
“As tough as it may be, if I’ve got to do it, I can’t let anything stop me or get in my way,” he said. “I have goals, I have dreams, it’s life.”
Considering that nobody is owed anything from their fellow Americans, it seems like such a policy is only fair to those of us who have no choice but to give up some of what we earn to support others. Aside from that, part of the problem with receiving handouts for an extended period of time is that people lose their self-worth since they’re not active and have no purpose, which only causes them to go further into the abyss, so this program helps them to keep their dignity while remaining productive – a win/win by any measure.
Besides, check out the video below of a perpetual welfare leech, then ask yourself if you think she’s deserving of free handouts at our expense.
You think she’d actually go out and volunteer? Neither do I. Perhaps this working requirement isn’t such a bad thing after all.