In 2014, the state of Maine had 12,000 individuals collecting food stamps who were neither disabled nor had children at home, but just claimed a lack of financial resources. Maine passed a law encouraging these individuals to get off of welfare, It required them to either work 20 hours/week at a part-time job, enroll in a vocational program or do 6 hours per week of community service. A short time later, the number of recipients had dropped to 2500. U.S. Herald, 4/5/15. “This is what happened when Maine forced welfare recipients to work for their benefits”
The unemployment situation in the U.S. is NOT due to a lack of job openings, but to several other factors that could rapidly be addressed:
◊ The failure of high schools to maintain behavior standards and a work ethic comparable to what students will encounter in their careers.
◊ The failure of high schools to recognize work experience as an essential curriculum component for ensuring future student employment, and require it as a graduation requirement.
◊ The failure of high schools and colleges to provide students with better guidance in selecting college majors that have realistic employment potential.
◊ The government’s practice of making welfare entitlements so easy to qualify for, that it is destroying Americans’ work ethic.
◊ Require all schools to maintain behavior standards and a work ethic comparable to what students will encounter in their careers.
◊ Require part-time employment as a high school graduation requirement for schools who want to qualify for state and federal funding.
◊ Make the amount of federal grants/loans available to college students dependent upon their chosen majors.
◊ Lobby the 30 states who are not requiring work-for-welfare to reinstate the provisions of the Welfare Reform Act, requiring part-time work, more schooling, or community service from anyone applying to receive food stamps.