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Michigan Bill Would Require ‘Work’ For Welfare

From the CBS Detroit affiliate, WWJ:

Bills Would Require Michiganders To Work For Welfare, Pass Drug Test

September 18, 2013 

LANSING (WWJ) – Could this mean the end of welfare as we know it?

Again? (The author probably isn’t even aware of the irony of this.)

A bill has passed in the Michigan Senate that would require those receiving public assistance to do some “volunteer” work. Another bill, which passed the House Commerce Committee, requires drug testing, revoking benefits for welfare recipients who refuse the test or who test positive.

“What [the legislation] does, it says, in order for your to receive your cash assistance, your welfare check, you must provide some kind of community service to the community,” said the volunteer work bill’s sponsor, State Senator Joe Hune, who represents  Livingston and Shiawasse counties in Mid-Michigan.

Hune says he was inspired by a constituent who began to volunteer while on welfare — and that community service evolved into full employment…

State Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield, thinks the bills take aim at people who are already suffering their lowest moments.

The trouble is, some of these people have been "suffering their lowest moments" for decades, even generations.

The legislation would not affect those on food stamps…

And never mind that both welfare and food stamps used to have real work requirements, before Obama quietly did away with them. Funny, how the article never mentions that.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

British Secretary Trumpets Welfare Reform Achievements

U.S. conservatives should consider similar reforms, he says

By Andrew Evans | September 16, 2013

The United Kingdom’s top welfare official hailed his country’s conservative welfare reforms and challenged the Republican Party in America to apply similar policy priorities in a speech at the Heritage Foundation Monday afternoon.

Iain Duncan Smith, a member of parliament and secretary of state for work and pensions, discussed the work of his Centre for Social Justice and his reform efforts in the British government’s cabinet during the hour-long event…

“The simple truth is that we cannot be prepared to see a growing number of our fellow citizens falling into an underclass of hopelessness and despair,” Smith said…

Where is our Iain Duncan Smith?

The British government has also instituted accountability measures in its welfare system. Unemployed people have to look for a job actively while receiving welfare benefits or risk losing them, Smith said, in order to encourage welfare recipients to get a job. The result has been more people with jobs than ever before, Smith said.

Tying welfare benefits to accountability measures is one area Republicans should explore, Smith said…

Boy, is he out of touch. The Republican party is racing in the other direction as fast as it can.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, September 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Michigan Bill Would Require ‘Work’ For Welfare”

  1. I live in Michigan and the House and Senate passed this the other day. This is great news for the state.

    The bill also says that anyone who applies for welfare money $$ they will have to take a drug test to qualify. If they can not pass they will be given the opportunity to get cleaned up to qualify. If they refuse to take the test……………no money.

    Liberals and democrats are all up in arms and the only ones complaining. The rest of the state is giving high fives.

    By the way………..Michigan passed Right to Work last year also. The state is going back to fiscal sanity after eight years of Union pandering, liberal ideology of then Governor Jennifer Grandholm!

  2. captstubby

    “welfare recipients to get a job”
    reminds me of this…

    To Sir With Love Script – Dialogue Transcript
    1967

    What´s the matter, Weston?
    These damn fool Americans! They bog up everything they´re connected with.
    What a shower! l´ll never forgive the President for not coming to Churchill´s funeral… …nor sending the vice president.
    Rotten bad manners.
    – Lt was very naughty. -
    L quite agree. A typically stupid, appalling and unnecessary mistake. -
    What can you expect? -
    Still beefing? Give them a chance.
    They´ve not been in the business… …of leading the world as long as Britain was.
    You continue to astonish me, old chum.

    Excuse me, Sir. l got the job l wanted.
    That´s wonderful. – What is it?
    - Pageboy at the Hilton.
    He can´t wait to get all that Yankee money.
    You´re right there.

    Pass these out.

    You have to fill those out…
    …for national health insurance and so on.

  3. canary

    Recycling would be good. Assisting people to read the bottom of containers and bottles near impossible to read. Using up water resources by Washing milk containers that weren’t washed by homeowners before trashing them because their water bills have skyrocketed. Wouldn’t want recycled items to smell like sour milk or rotten eggs.

  4. Although commendable … in a Just Society … this concerns me we utterly fall apart into a true Fascist State. Precedence has been established.

    In other words, the Doctrine of Unintended Consequences …

  5. In the above article there is one sentence that kinda puts all of this in perspective!

    “State Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield, thinks the bills take aim at people who are already suffering their lowest moments.

    The trouble is, some of these people have been “suffering their lowest moments” for decades, even generations.”

    For decades, even generations????? State Senator……that is actually the problem and you have hit the nail on the head and you don’t even understand what is going on!

    • captstubby

      there you go again .
      using logic and common sense.
      where would we be to day if everyone one thought this way?

  6. bousquem25

    I wonder how much of the “volunteer” work will be marked in the books by corrupt groups or charities that are fronts for unions or the democrats. For that matter will “volunteering” with some liberal astroturf group count as working so the people get their benefits while agitating/demanding more from the state and removal of the requirements.

    • That’s right. “Work” will be redefined as doing whatever it was they were doing before, (sitting at home) and “volunteering” will involve next to nothing. Whomever will be monitoring, will be a democrat stooge, whatever agency will be in charge of volunteering, it will be a front group with nothing more than a mailbox address. It will be so convoluted that “volunteering” will involve every person who signs up, to monitor all the other people who signed up. So you will have a whole room full of people staring at each other. –like Congress!

      Give them time. Liberals will always find a way to wink and nod their way around whatever obstacle obstructs their voters.

  7. wirenut

    Dire Straights. Money for nothing, and my ‘chick’s’ are free.
    If you don’t earn it, you should’nt lay claim to it. Finding a quarter on a sidewalk is one thing, earning a living on the street is quite another. Test your skill’s, and work for it. No shame in that.




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