Earlier this week, the Haley administration announced that if you're receiving SNAP (what we call food stamps these days), don't have children at home and are considered able-bodied, it's time to work in return for your benefits.
As reported on Haley's Facebook page, SNAP 2 WORK, an effort spearheaded by the Departments of Employment/Workforce and Social Services, will require up to 100,000 of those who fit into this category and are receiving these benefits to work.
Frankly, we'd like to know why that shouldn't be 100% of those in that category. If taxpayers are having to go without on account of those on public assistance in the current poor economic situation, we don't see why their hard-earned dollars should be paying for a free ride for others.
For those who think that's a mean, cruel right-wing thing to do to people in tough times, the truth is 1) this concept was used by a leftist President and 2) it makes sense from a workforce development standpoint:
EVEN FDR BELIEVED IN WORK-FOR-BENEFITS
please recall that three generations ago, making people work in return for government money during the Depression was the motivator for the Works Progress Administration. Conceived by President Franklin Roosevelt, it REQUIRED the able-bodied to work, using them on a vast range of civil works and public service jobs that, among other things, helped keep them active and ready to work so they could transition into boot camps or factories as the nation entered the Second World War.
PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK MAKES THEM MORE EMPLOYABLE
Speaking as someone in human resources and who served on a local workforce board, I learned that someone who stays home for an extended period of time, due to layoff or workplace injury, is far less able to return to their full work potential than someone who is kept in the workforce, even in a lesser role. There's plenty of professional research that supports this approach.
Someone working in a part-time role or under their past position is helping them keep active, maintaining and acquiring skills and preparing them to advance when an economic recovery (we hope there will be one) creates new opportunities.
If making them work for the money was good enough for a commie-lib like FDR time, then it's certainly good enough for South Carolina. Kudos for Haley for taking this step forward.