Bruce Murphy
Murphy’s Law

A Whole New Class of Poor People?

Walker plan to quietly slash Food Stamps for 62,000 people will cost state $58 million to lose $92 million in federal funding.

By - Mar 17th, 2015 01:49 pm
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Scott Walker. Photo from the State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2011-12.

Scott Walker. Photo from the State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2011-12.

Gov. Scott Walker really likes to turn down federal funding. Walker rejected some $800 million in funding for high speed-rail and an expansion of Medicaid that has cost the state some $500 million. Now the Walker administration is quietly implementing a legislative change that will slash food assistance to poor people across the state beginning on April 1. A Legislative Fiscal Bureau report has estimated that more than 31,000 people statewide will be quickly thrown out of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. Some 14,500 of those will be in Milwaukee County, the Hunger Task Force estimates. Long-term both those numbers are likely to double.

“It’s going create a whole new class of poor people,” says Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force’s executive director. Her organization projects a 42 percent increase in hungry people in the county within the first year of the program and worries that food pantries and soup kitchens operated by churches and volunteers will be overwhelmed.

Walker and state legislature supported this change as part of the 2013-2015 budget, which will require any able-bodied adults without children to be employed at least 20 hours per week. Republicans like Assembly Speaker Robin Vos supported the proposal, saying the new law gives people an incentive to find work and move off SNAP, while Democrats have called the policy mean-spirited. Given that an adult without children only gets $123 a month in food stamps, it’s hard to see how this meager payment would make someone less likely to seek employment.

This 20 hour-per-week work requirement is actually specified by federal law, but 45 states have asked for and received a waiver to this requirement, which had included Wisconsin until the new law was passed. Wisconsin’s past experience with such work requirements has not been good. In 2011, its FoodShare Employment Training program cost $19 million to administer and had 6,021 participants, but only 179 people got jobs, at a cost of more than $8,900 per job.

The new program aims to increase “opportunities for education, vocational training and active engagement in the workforce” for FoodShare recipients, as Claire Yunker, spokesperson for the state Department of Health Services notes. But the state is projecting that about half of all able-bodied adults getting food stamps will drop out almost immediately. Most of the new program’s activity will involve determining whether recipients are working and then striking them from the rolls.

Indeed, under these new rules, FoodShare eligibility for able-bodied adults is limited to just 90 days in any three-year period. The days needn’t be consecutive. When you hit the 90th day in a three year period where you haven’t been working, you are dropped from the FoodShare program. For felons who have great difficulty getting jobs, for low-income people who have better luck with an off-the-books job in the underground economy, for anyone fired who has trouble getting another job within 90 (or less) days, for anyone who gets sick too often. too bad: they will be dropped from the program.

If the program works as W-2 did, the emphasis will be on cutting the rolls, not job placement. The less recipients there are, the less administration for ResCare and any of the other private companies selected by the state to run this program, and the lower the state’s administrative costs. The state has allocated more than $58 million for this program, and the goal is to expel all 62,000 or so able-bodied adults from the program, in the process stopping some $92 million in SNAP assistance from flowing into this state.

A student volunteers, helping sort food at the Hunger task Force. (Photo Courtesy of Milwaukee Public Schools)

A student volunteers, helping sort food at the Hunger task Force. (Photo Courtesy of Milwaukee Public Schools)

That $92 million in turn is estimated to generate $166 million in economic activity. Balanced against that loss would be the gain in private sector jobs for FoodShare recipients, which based on past experience may result in as few as 1,000 people placed in jobs.  Strictly from a dollars and cents perspective the program seems incredibly foolhardy.

As for its impact on Milwaukee, the result will be a huge increase in people coming to food pantries and soup kitchens, which will suck up the time and energy and contributions of good-hearted volunteers in the county — all of which might have been devoted to other causes in a city with so much poverty.

The proposal, however, will be a boon to companies like ResCare, which calls itself ‘the nation’s largest private provider of services to people with disabilities; the largest one-stop workforce contractor and the largest privately-owned home care company.”  The privately-held company based in Louisville, KY, had annual revenues in 2013 of around $1.6 billion and more than 45,000 employees in 43 states, Reuters reports. About 65 percent of its revenue has come from federally-sponsored state Medicaid programs.

Not surprisingly, ResCare makes sure it has good connections with politicians. The company spends more than $100,000 on political donations annually, with 89 percent of it going to Republicans. That appears to be a very cost-effective investment.

Categories: Murphy's Law, Politics

56 thoughts on “Murphy’s Law: A Whole New Class of Poor People?”

  1. Jack says:

    Walker doesn’t care about the weak….be it the elderly underemployed and with the changes to long term care the people suffering from developmental or physical disabilities and the frail elderly. Even Tommy Thompson had more compassion than this socio-path.

  2. Fran says:

    ” which will require any able-bodied adults without children to be employed at least 20 hours per week. Republicans like Assembly Speaker Robin Vos supported the proposal, saying the new law gives people an incentive to find work and move off SNAP, while Democrats have called the policy mean-spirited.”

    Mean spirited, lol?? Gotta keep the Dem voters on the government baby bottle I suppose…

    If I am understanding you correctly, the welfare recipients are able bodied and quit the program anyway? If that’s the case, they do not deserve assistance. I apologize if that is a mean spirited comment? I’m sure they can go home to their ten kids for comfort

  3. PMD says:

    “I’m sure they can go home to their ten kids for comfort”

    @Fran… Holy stereotyping. Yikes. Trying to give WCD a run for his money.

  4. Willie Ray says:

    Deuteronomy 15:11

    There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

    Oh, I didn’t mean this for you, Fran.

    You’re from that other land where individuals suckle themselves for comfort and sustenance. LOL!!

  5. AB says:

    This is another example of his slash and burn tactics to forward his political career, playing on the tight-fisted conservative right wing paranoia rampant in WI and the US in general. He gutted Milwaukee County as County Executive. Now he is gutting the State of WI. Scary as it sounds, he could possibly move on to gut the USA as president…

  6. bill says:

    I’m sure Fran would agree that welfare for the well-to-do do should also be forced to play be the same rules as a typical wage earner. We should end tax expenditures reducing Fed. and by proxy state reported income ($800 billion in 2012-CBO est.). Do away w/deduction for mortgage interest, exclusion of pension contributions, employers contribution to health care plans, etc etc…
    It’s easier to screw the poor and those not voting. For a Governor claiming a christian upbringing, he learned a strange definition of caring and empathy.

  7. John Casper says:

    Fran, via “Quantitative Easing,” the biggest welfare queens are on Wall Street.

    JPMorgan Chase

    Total Assets: $2,476,986,000,000 (about 2.5 trillion dollars)

    Total Exposure To Derivatives: $67,951,190,000,000 (more than 67 trillion dollars)

    Citibank

    Total Assets: $1,894,736,000,000 (almost 1.9 trillion dollars)

    Total Exposure To Derivatives: $59,944,502,000,000 (nearly 60 trillion dollars)

    Goldman Sachs

    Total Assets: $915,705,000,000 (less than a trillion dollars)

    Total Exposure To Derivatives: $54,564,516,000,000 (more than 54 trillion dollars)

    Bank Of America

    Total Assets: $2,152,533,000,000 (a bit more than 2.1 trillion dollars)

    Total Exposure To Derivatives: $54,457,605,000,000 (more than 54 trillion dollars)

    Morgan Stanley

    Total Assets: $831,381,000,000 (less than a trillion dollars)

    Total Exposure To Derivatives: $44,946,153,000,000 (more than 44 trillion dollars)

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-25/5-us-banks-each-have-more-40-trillion-dollars-exposure-derivativeshttp://

    Virtually none of this is “trickling down” into the “real economy.”

    “The Wall Street bonus pool for last year is roughly double the total earnings of all Americans who work full time at the federal minimum wage.”

    “…Let’s start with the Wall Street bonuses. The New York State Comptroller reported on Wednesday that the size of the bonus pool paid to securities industries employees in New York City was $28.5 billion. Dividing this total among 167,800 workers yields an average bonus of $172,860, which seems plausible enough. For sure, some received much, much bigger bonuses, and many received nothing.

    What about the total earnings of full-time workers at the federal minimum wage? The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are 1.03 million full-time workers paid an hourly wage of $7.25 or less. These people tend to work around 40 hours a week on average. If they all earn $7.25 per hour and work 50 weeks per year, the total earnings of this group come to nearly $15 billion. Ms. Anderson, whose report usefully shows all her work, prefers an estimate of 37 hours per week — which looks too low to me based on other data — and 52 weeks per year, so after rounding, she gets to a total of $14 billion.
    …”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/14/upshot/wall-street-bonuses-vs-total-earnings-of-full-time-minimum-wage-workers.html?abt=0002&abg=1http://

    To put those hundreds of trillions into some perspective, the World Bank estimated US GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2013 at around $16.77 trillion. http://data.worldbank.org/country/united-stateshttp:// Government estimates of $6 trillion spent in Iraq and Afghanistan are probably low. http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-wars-in-afghanistan-iraq-to-cost-6-trillion/5350789http:// Social Security’s Trust Fund is around $2.3 trillion. http://crfb.org/blogs/general-revenue-social-security-trust-funds

  8. Doris says:

    No critical thinking skills necessary to write for Urban Milwaukee. $92 million in food stamps magically turns into $166 million? Well if that’s the case, why not give EVERYONE $10,000 per month in food stamps. Gosh, our economy would be just swell then.

    No, this is not mean spirited. People who can work, should work. My goodness.

  9. AG says:

    I was under the impression that the program required someone to work 20 hours a week or join a work training/skills program? These are supposed to be able bodied people who have the ability to hold down a job and are not limited by the needs of taking care of children. The program they’re supposed to join is one that will help them get a job. How is this a bad thing??

    @PMD, the story you cite is regarding a temporary fed program that goes back to the stimus package. It was always meant to expire and was controlled by congress. This is not related to the program that Bruce is discussing here.

  10. wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    These people were not poor before Obama got into office, his policies have devastated the working people in this country. Under Obama food stamps have gone up almost 150%. we have to get this under control so obama can take his vacations.

  11. PMD says:

    90-day eligibility over a 3-year period seems a bit drastic. And yeah it’s easy to say “hey this is great it forces people to get work,” but in 2011 only 179 out of 6,000+ participants actually got a job. That’s not exactly a stellar track record that inspires confidence.

  12. AG says:

    90 days UNLESS you’re working at least 20 hours a week or sign up for the job program.

  13. PMD says:

    The same job program that got jobs for less than 3% of participants?

  14. AG says:

    Bruce, can you tell us where the 2011 data came from? I can’t find anything to support your statement. It may be true, I’m just coming up empty handed trying to find it myself.

  15. AG says:

    So all I could find is from the Milwaukee Workforce Development system that has a section for their FSET core program.

    Their data for 2010-2011 fiscal year:
    FSET participants 2,086
    Participants in active job search 1,650
    Participants enrolled in training 369
    Participants that entered employment 976
    Participants enrolled in ABE 244
    Participants in ESL 24
    Participants in GED/HSED 206
    Participants in post-secondary education 218

    That shows 1668 people that got a job, are enrolled in basic education classes, are working on their GED, or are in college level classes. Half of the program participants in Milwaukee got a job. Unless this is not the same thing?

    http://publicpolicyforum.org/sites/default/files/PathwaystoEmployment.pdf

  16. Bill Sweeney says:

    From the New York Times today: “The Wall Street bonus pool for last year is roughly double the total earnings of all Americans who work full time at the federal minimum wage.” From the Journal Sentinel in October, 2012: “For more than a year, the state’s flagship jobs agency failed to track whether businesses are repaying loans from state taxpayers – leaving the public in the dark about how much they are owed on a total of $8 million in past-due loans to 99 businesses.”

    There may be a special place in hell reserved for politicians, practically all of whom know better, who seek to focus the public’s resentment on those citizens who are the most powerless in our society. Governor Walker talks of being “unintimidated,” and showing courage. He will truly show courage when he stands up to the privileged among us and tells them that our state is not going to balance its budget by fueling acrimony between people. Instead, we are going to focus our energies on improving the lives of the least among us. Reducing the economic and political inequalities in our state is the surest way to reducing the number of people dependent upon government assistance.

  17. Fran says:

    Why is it that when I criticize those living off of government subsidies while refusing to work twenty hours a week, all of a sudden I am pro Wall St. Pro Scott walker, insert other stereotype here? Unlike those calling me a whatever it is, I don’t think these people on welfare are incapable of providing for themselves. I think if properly motivated they will work, make money and provide for their families as any human in history was meant to do. Those that choose not to work deserve to live in the street. But being “sympathetic” and giving them more and more and more does the opposite of encouraging them and has the effect of shrinking the carrot used to motivate others to work. But, hey, give em more so you can feel better at night I could care less.

  18. fran says:

    When did it become the norm for people in this country to expect the government to protect them? Somehow, people are owed food stamps. I had another child, therefore I am owed more money from my boss Uncle Sam, Inc. It is just pathetic and this attitude of expectance is killing certain demographics in this country.

  19. wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    What is the Left missing here? It is under the last ten years of Leftwing rule, Pelosi/Obama that these things are happening, Walker did not create this problem, you Lefties did. You have been busy taking lessons from Castro, Maduro and Chavez. Even Stalin was not this stupid.
    Creating more welfare is ruining more lives. Time to wean people off.

  20. Bill Sweeney says:

    From President George W Bush’s former speechwriter, Michael Gerson: “This is generally the way the poor children in “Our Kids” describe the forms of inequality featured in Putnam’s charts and graphs: as neglect, isolation, loneliness and broken trust. When the children of wealthier parents get into trouble — as children are wont to do — they are surrounded by a broad network of parents, tutors, counselors, mentors, youth pastors and coaches who minimize the negative consequences and steer them away from future problems. When poor children get in trouble, the air bags do not deploy. Their parents — often just one parent — are distracted by chronic economic stress. Their schools reinforce disadvantage. Their neighborhoods have become atomized, indifferent, drug-ridden and violent.”

    People who genuinely feel resentment about people getting food share benefits may profit by sincerely answering this question: Do you feel A) more anger, B) less anger, or C) the same anger about how Wall St bankers’ greed plunged the country into recession as you do about those people who get food share benefits?

  21. John Casper says:

    Fran, w/r/t your 5:16pm, thrilled to learn you’re against Gov. Walker’s plans to drug test welfare recipients, and that you want Gov. Walker to end the job-killing-state-regulations against marijuana. I would never encourage anyone who did not already have a serious illness, to use it, but the prohibition against alcohol didn’t work either. Given all the tax breaks Gov. Walker has given the elites, he’ll need the tax revenue from potto balance the state budget. Legalization will also lower costs up and down the law enforcement supply chain. I think we’re losing tourism dollars to Colorado and Alaska. Best of all, as an opponent of the “nanny state,” you want to legalize sex work for adults. Very smart, that allows law enforcement to focus their scarce resources on keeping minors out of that business.

  22. Wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    The same dopey people that helped develop the “War on Poverty” that destroyed the Black families and is starting to do the same to Hispanic families wanted to keep everyone on Unemployment for years. Guess what? When the unemployment went off people found work and unemployment went down. Food stamps are way up cause people have not had jobs, under the Dopey Left, but when work has became available they were too comfortable. Now get to work, support your families, kids like the rest of us. Get job training, keep off drugs and support your kids.
    Conservatives are into saving lives instead of destroying them, as the white liberal racists that have designed this system have done.

  23. Fran says:

    @John Casper Not sure if you were kidding or not, but I am for legalizing marijuana and prostitution. I believe in personal freedom which is impossible if you live off of food stamps and other government handouts

  24. rnprn says:

    MJS http://www.newiprogressive.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3833:scott-walkers-wisconsin-leads-the-nation-in-new-unemployment-claims-again&catid=40:the-business-news&Itemid=57 Just how is Walker going to get people jobs when college grads can’t find jobs. Unemployment claims again increasing in Wisconsin.

  25. M says:

    Fran,
    By “govt. handouts” do you mean those that go to individual citizens, including retirees and disabled people on Social Security and those getting unemployment, or student aid…as opposed to handouts to “corporate citizens” for oil and gas subsidies, farm subsidies, sports venue handouts, Wall Street give-aways noted above, etc., etc.?

  26. kentmueller says:

    Since we’ve been able to choose our own political realities for at least a decade now and facts don’t matter, I’m gonna address a few misperceptions I hear all the time on talk radio, Fox News, Drudge Report, and the comments right here.. As a proud Liberal who knocks on doors for Democrats I can tell you the poor don’t vote. If they did YOUR Republican Party wouldn’t exist as it is now, it would’ve had to adapt. Being poor costs a lot of money and a lot of time and politics is an abstract at best.
    Most welfare benefits go to white people. Most of the ladders that lift people from poor to working poor to lower-middle class to middle class or better have been yanked away, whether it was the manufacturing base, public programs or affordable college. That’s gone and most of it is gone because of people you voted for because they said things you wanted to hear.
    I can count Scott Walker costing the State of Wisconsin over 3 billion dollars in a recovering economy where we lag behind every other Midwestern state. He doesn’t have the excuse of the 2nd or 3rd worst economic downturn in history to cover his deficits. We’ve always been a state that punched above its weight, economically, politically, any statistic you could use. Now we’re giving Alabama a run for its money. Everything Walker has done is mean-spirited including especially moves like this, he costs you money, he hasn’t attracted jobs, but take pride that it appeals to your worst prejudices and misperceptions. At least your better than THOSE people.

  27. PMD says:

    Yeah Fran please elaborate. Are food stamps ever warranted? For example, my wife’s family received them when she was a small child. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom at the time. Her father was laid off from GM. There were 3 small kids at home. They got food stamps. Justified? And what about corporate welfare? Are you adamantly opposed to it?

  28. Laine says:

    It really irks me that having kids or not is the deciding factor here. So if you’re responsible and refrain from having kids out of wedlock or if you’re physically unable to have children you get cut off? If your kids adults and provide for themselves you get cut off just because they’re not little anymore? Does Walker think that it’s somehow impossible for people with no children to fall on hard times?? Or that parents should somehow have less incentive to go to work?

    Why is having kids the deciding factor here? Why not make a flat X% cut in benefits across the board, regardless of whether or not recipients are parents.

  29. Kyle says:

    Wow, you guys are really going after Fran. All I see is a fairly consistent adherence to libertarian principles. While those people tend not to survive in politics, they do exist in the society. Rather than six of you piling on and trying to drive someone away, just accept that their views differ from yours on some topics. In this story about a work training program and food stamps, you’ve managed to bring up drug testing, legalized marijuana, legalized prostitution, Social Security, unemployment insurance, job creation, Wall Street, oil subsidies, farm subsidies, arena funding, and someone’s relatives.

    It’s a sad day when WCD mentioning Castro, Chavez, and Stalin is the one on topic…

  30. Kyle says:

    Laine, if you have kids, providing child care for them could be a limiting factor on your time. You aren’t cut off from food stamps if you don’t have kids. Just just have to get off the couch for 20 hours of work or job training each week. Carving out exceptions for those unable to get up, or who are actively productive while home, isn’t unfair. It’s realistic.

  31. PMD says:

    Hey I stuck to food stamps Kyle with a specific story about them. I hope that meets your standard for being on-topic since you are the Staying On Topic Police (SOTP). And I don’t want to drive anyone away (well maybe WCD). Kyle to the rescue!

  32. PMD says:

    I’m sorry if this wanders too far off topic Kyle but what pisses me off is the hypocrisy and/or selective outrage so many people have when they decry government handouts or welfare benefits. They almost always neglect to mention corporate welfare or how almost everyone benefits from “government handouts” of some variety. Politicians blast lazy welfare recipients for taking government handouts but gladly accept tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies. Tea party supporters insist they don’t want and don’t accept help from the government while at the same time their kids receive free breakfast & lunch at school (at federal expense). There are so many example of this. I am not directing this at Fran by the way.

  33. Kyle says:

    PMD, yes, it was a lovely anecdote that was actually related to the topic. Of course, that situation wouldn’t fall under Walker’s proposed changes. I get why you might want to saddle a politician with the choice of defending their beliefs or flip flopping to carve out an exception for a particular family. I just don’t see the motivation to hammer on this point to an anonymous user in a comment section. (Though, admittedly, I understand it better than some of the other points people have tried to get Fran to comment on.)

    But I don’t have any policing powers here. You’re all welcome to decend like paparazzi onto Fran, and I can’t do anything to stop you. Best tactic I can think of would be to filibuster by submitting endless off-topic comments, but it doesn’t seem necessary.

  34. Sam says:

    @Kyle
    Fran’s and others’ comments are just mean spiritedness and there’s nothing wrong with being blunt about it. People shouldn’t have to prove their “value” in order to be allowed to exist and no one has the right to demand that. In a country and society where we have more than enough of everything, where people’s resources and privilege at birth differ enormously, and where it is impossible to “make it” without taking advantage of somebody else’s hard labor, everyone should be allowed to eat and have access to basic things like shelter and healthcare whether they work or not. Fran et al have no clue what other people’s circumstances are so they should keep their absurd idea of “tough love” to themselves!

  35. PMD says:

    I didn’t mean to suggest that situation would fall under Walker’s proposed changes. Just using it to point out what I feel is a valid case of necessary food stamps, and to see if Fran believes there are cases where food stamps are justified. Seems fair to me, and on-topic.

  36. Wis Conservative Digest says:

    Mean spirited? time to get people off the couch and out to work. Let us look at the record of Obama and the left. In the last 7 years middle class, working people has seen 15% of their net worth gone, lower salaries, no full time jobs, big costs on health care and their lives ruined by “nice programs” from the left. In the meantime the millionaires big money people have gotten richer. The inner city has gotten worse, from these programs and the left not only wants to extend them but add on to make everyone dependent on Uncle Sam.
    Kids cannot read in third grade cause the left controls MPS. Crime is rampant cause the Left wants poltically correct arrests, leaving the poor people in inner city at the mercy of the thugs. I have seen it daily in the pharmacy. go door to door, why don’t you get out and get the lefties to adopt programs to fix MPS and reduce crime instead of trying to build trolleys for yuppies and Arenas for billionaires. want to watch the follies of governing by the Left? Look at Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea.

  37. Bill Sweeney says:

    I read somewhere that Governor Walker reads the New York Times daily. I hope that he and the Republican legislature read this article in today’s paper and then propose legislation to address these government give aways. Do something that actually impacts the real class warfare taking place instead of these nickel and dime charades about food share and peeing in a cup.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/business/economy/taxes-take-away-but-also-give-back-mostly-to-the-very-rich.html?ref=us

  38. wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    Sweeney you are absolutely right. Let us examine all the programs that the Left unloaded on the poor people, and ruined their lives, the last 50 years. Now they want more of that. If you give everyone a fish every day for life instead of a fishing pole, guess what will happen?
    That is what you have reaped for the poor, made them worse off, took away their dignity and reduced them to slaves of another type. That is what you clowns did.
    Nothing worse for the poor than the white liberal racists.

  39. PMD says:

    WCD what do you think is most effective in terms of getting people to work? You say you’ve spent a lot of time in Milwaukee neighborhoods, and you worked in the city for a long time. What motivates capable but jobless people to find and keep a job?

  40. AG says:

    All of these comments about food stamp and other government benefits that don’t have anything to do with the new law… yet no one has actually addressed why it is bad to create a program to help unemployed people get the skills necessary to get a job. If some people are unemployed, have no children, are physically and mentally capable to hold a job… why is it a bad thing to require them to go to school or join a workforce development program??

    As I showed earlier, Milwaukee’s workforce development program that fell under the program we’re talking about had over a 75% success rate (people finding work, working on their education, or getting important job skills) and over half found jobs.

    PLEASE someone answer this!

  41. PMD says:

    It’s not a bad thing AG. I wonder, how many people are unemployed, childless, physically/mentally capable of working, and collecting food stamps? Do those individuals really make up a large percentage of people receiving food stamps?

  42. AG says:

    According to this, apparently.

  43. PMD says:

    I really have no idea. I know that 82.5% of SNAP households include children, the elderly, or the disabled, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I don’t believe that there’s a ton of people out there who are jobless, childless, and fully capable of working, but instead they’re playing video games all day while collecting food stamps. But maybe I’m wrong.

  44. AG says:

    Bruce cites 62,000 people as falling under that category. I’m all for helping 62,000 people to find work or become more hire-able.

  45. PMD says:

    The story says 62,000 able-bodied adults will be expelled from the program. So then it falls on them to enter a job training program? Are they given transitional assistance? How does it work exactly?

  46. Annie says:

    And this idiot wants to be our President? Just imagine the shocking amount of damage a mind like that could do to our country.

  47. Willie Ray says:

    Tax evasion will cost the U.S. government about $400 billion, five times the nations SNAP programs.

    Now that’s funny!

    LOL.

  48. David Nelson says:

    What often gets forgotten in this type of discussion is just what able means. I have a relative who worked for years before his mental illness got the better of him. I’ve seen this struggle up close and personal. He absolutely could not go into a work place to earn a living. The poor guy can barely function. Yet, if he were judged based on physical capacity, he would be told to suck it up. How is that right?

    The truth is that too many are willing to judge without walking in the shoes of the disabled.

  49. AG says:

    David Nelson, one being mentally able to perform a job is certainly of utmost importance. I’m glad they included that provision in this law. I’m sure there are many people who are physically but not mentally capable of holding a job.

  50. If you’re woking 20 hours a week you’re in poverty point blank period so the little $100 in food stamps is not helping much you can’t even avoid rent yet only buy food! Three months of you’re working you’re still off after three months without kids ! The policy is setup for destroying the poor. Really making the poor feel it. The sad part is that our poor our going to resort to crime I order to feed there families because good paying jobs aren’t available much. the job programs that are so called surpose to help aren’t helping well enough for someone to invest the time when they could invest the same time looking for a job and taking care of there children. If you pay taxes working you should be able to receive stamps as well just because younger laid off which a lot of people do it shouldn’t hurt you! At the end of the day crime is going to increase which means problems for law following African Americans sad to say! White people wouldn’t care it’s not there problem someone breaking in because there hungry. They like fuck it, it’s not our neighborhood where our kids are lol but it’s the truth! It’s going to be a bad thing coming up next month and the this summer. Why make policies that will cause crime oh crime means arrest means African Americans locked up oh more jobs for White people up north that have no education that’s a career for them day caring prisoners sad. It’s just a cycle that Wisconsin has lock up minorties make them salves to the prison system just sad this is just one move watch if he becomes president sad

  51. john says:

    …aaaaaaaaaaaand the Protestants are in office again.

    Thanks for another great read, Bruce. Nailed it.

  52. jake says:

    It’s sad that so called Christian conservatives would rather give the wealthy tax breaks than feed those who need the help.

  53. wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    There has been over 150% increase in food stamps in the last few years. The system is being gamed and people need to get off welfare and get to work, those that can. Under Obama the working class has taken the worst hit so he must be replaced.
    Under the changes in unemployment where people could not go on forever, those that had to leave found jobs. That is what we must happen here. Help for those who cannot work, jobs for those who can.

  54. WhiteOut says:

    Gutless SWINE …

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