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Apr 27 2016

We Know How to Fix Poverty, as Kansas Reminds Us

We can dramatically reduce poverty if we want to. We know how, as Kansas reminds us:

Over the past several years, the number of Americans on food stamps has soared. In particular, since 2009, the number of “able-bodied-adults” without dependents receiving food stamps more than doubled nationally. Part of this increase is due to a federal rule that allowed states to waive food stamps’ modest work requirement. However, states such as Kansas and Maine chose to reinstate work requirements. Comparing and contrasting the two approaches provides powerful new evidence about the effectiveness of work.

According to a report from the Foundation for Government Accountability, before Kansas instituted a work requirement, 93 percent of food stamp recipients were in poverty, with 84 percent in severe poverty. Few of the food stamp recipients claimed any income. Only 21 percent were working at all, and two-fifths of those working were working fewer than 20 hours per week.

Once work requirements were established, thousands of food stamp recipients moved into the workforce, promoting income gains and a decrease in poverty. Forty percent of the individuals who left the food stamp ranks found employment within three months, and about 60 percent found employment within a year. They saw an average income increase of 127 percent. Half of those who left the rolls and are working have earnings above the poverty level. Even many of those who stayed on food stamps saw their income increase significantly.

The poor aren’t the only beneficiaries. Taxpayers make out well also:

Furthermore, with the implementation of the work requirement in Kansas, the caseload dropped by 75 percent. Previously, Kansas was spending $5.5 million per month on food stamp benefits for able-bodied adults; it now spends $1.2 million.

Even with the sluggish economy under Obama’s tax-and-regulate regime, people can find work when motivated — as our problem with excessive immigration attests.

According to a Heritage Foundation survey, Americans overwhelmingly agree that able-bodied adults receiving welfare should work. However, very few of the federal government’s 80 means-tested welfare programs require recipients to work for benefits.

That is because the purpose of federal welfare programs is to increase poverty by subsidizing it. The more people live in poverty, and the more dependent they are on Washington, the more powerful the government. Consequently, you will never see the welfare reform work requirements that were illicitly lifted by Obama reinstated by authoritarian statists like Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders.

Radically reducing poverty is the easy part. First comes the more difficult task: radically reducing Big Government.

The alternative to liberty: some work so that others don’t have to.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

12 Responses to “We Know How to Fix Poverty, as Kansas Reminds Us”

  1. DrMicahStone says:

    The d-cRAT mantra….

  2. Christmas Ape says:

    The only able bodied people who deserve a dime of public assistance are those that can prove they are doing everything possible to not need it

  3. cecil2 says:

    Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

  4. bobdog19006 says:

    As I recall, one of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark, I think, did the same thing as Kansas, and required work for unemployment benefits, with similar results.

    But no point in being pessimistic about it. It wouldn’t work anyway. The Congressional Black Caucus wouldn’t hear of such a raciss policy and would be singing barbershop-quartets about slavery before you finished your lunch.

  5. Rotohammer says:

    Some of the caseload drop was due to weeding out the frauds who were already working on the side for cash, and couldn’t show up for the work programs.

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  7. Fiberal says:

    Just to set the record straight, the success in Kansas was due to tax cuts. In fact, the tax on small business income was zeroed out. This predictably resulted in a huge increase in employment which decreased food stamp addiction.

    Of course when hearing of tax cuts in Kansas, every liberal in the U.S. with the NYT as mouthpiece and 95% of TV pundits screeched about the return of slavery, racist
    “trickle-down economics and held public prayers for the return of John Brown (made that last one up).

    The state’s unemployment rate is now
    down to 4.5%.

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  9. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    “Boycott workfare.”

    Go ahead. Boycott it. I see no downside there.

  10. depwavid says:

    This is what Proglodyte websites like “Salo(o)n’ won’t tell you about Kansas. Problems addressed, problems solved, no need for Progs.

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