Awesome: Republican Maine Governor LePage Will Make “Able-Bodied” Welfare Recipients Work For Their Food Stamps

The welfare mentality is one of the biggest problems we’re facing in this country right now — too many people are getting free handouts from the government, thereby giving them no reason whatsoever to work and better their situation. Hopefully, Maine Governor Paul LePage will be changing that in his state, with a new push to require able-bodied welfare recipients to work for their freebies.

Paul LePage

Maine’s Republican governor on Wednesday launched a push to make more “able-bodied” people work for their food stamps.

“People who are in need deserve a hand up, but we should not be giving able-bodied individuals a handout,’’ said Gov. Paul R. LePage.

LePage will reportedly stop seeking a federal waiver – issued at the height of the Great Recession – allowing some food stamp recipients to bypass requirements that they work or volunteer, according to local news channel WCSH.

About 12,000 of the state’s residents receiving $15 million annually in food stamps are considered to be able-bodied by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which administers the aid. That means that they are between the ages of 18 and 49, have no dependents and are not pregnant or disabled.

In the next three months, those who are deemed able-bodied must work or volunteer with a community organization for 20 hours a week or lose their aid.

The only question needed about this is why the rest of the country isn’t doing it, too. Most Americans are charitable, good-hearted people, and we don’t mind helping people who have fallen on hard times — but we do mind when someone rides the gravy train forever, without ever working or contributing, and serving as nothing more than a permanent drain on taxpayers who work hard to give them money.

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