By Robert Stitt
The Food Stamp Program is known as SNAP in today’s lingo. This year, between half a million and one million people between the ages of 18 and 49 who are currently receiving benefits will be losing them under “new” regulations.
The “new”regulation is actually the return of the old “3-month rule” which says that “adults aged 18 to 49 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children” are limited to three months of benefits in any 3-year period unless they are working or in a training program at least 20 hours per week. You may be thinking that in a country the size of the United States, these numbers aren’t actually that big. That’s because these numbers come from less than half the country. In actuality, only 23 of the 50 U.S. states are re-imposing the time limits.
Supporters of the move say that it should be done nationwide. They call it “tough love” and feel that it will break the “welfare mentality” often found within the inner cities. According to woundedamericanwarrior.com, “This obviously sounds like a sound idea in getting the chronically unemployed back into the job market.”
The concern is that the government has done things like this in the past only to back off and pull people back into the system. It is noted that the time limits are different from other cutoffs since they are not based on effort or paperwork submissions. This time, the cutoff is strictly time: three months and you’re out.
As one writer noted, this could be what “forces the welfare recipient to actually look for employment…let’s see if tough love actually works, like in getting a job!”
What is not addressed is whether or not the benefits will be reinstated, at least in part, if 20 hours or more of work is performed each week.