Maine Drops 9,000 From Food Stamps After Refusal To Comply With Work Requirements

Tyler Durden's picture

Republican Governor Paul LePage dared to begin enforcing Maine's volunteer and work requirements for food stamp (SNAP) recipients to keep their benefits. The end result was more than 9,000 non-disabled adults getting dropped from the program.


As CNS News' Eric Schiener reports, a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) spokesman tells the Associated Press that 12,000 non-disabled adults were in Maine’s SNAP program before Jan. 1 - a number that dropped to 2,680 by the end of March...

The rules prevent adults, who are not disabled and do not have dependents, from receiving food stamps for more than three months unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program, or meet volunteer guidelines for 24 hours out of the month.


Any one of those three minimums getting met will result in an individual to retain their SNAP food benefits.


DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said the goal of the requirements is to encourage people to find work.


"If you're on these programs it means you are living in poverty and so the more that we can help incentive people on that pathway to employment and self-sufficiency the better off they're going to be," Mayhew told the Associated Press.

In Maine, once someone loses their benefits, they cannot regain assistance for three years.

Patriot Chronicle points out, in Maine, 9,000 able-bodied people who are supposedly too poor to feed themselves couldn’t seem to handle that. In addition, those who lose their benefits in such a manner can’t reapply for assistance for three years.

Liberals have sold government dependence so deliberately well, that even doing 24 hours of approved volunteer work a month for a capable adult became too much for more than 9,000 people.


Either the Liberals have truly brain washed the voting masses into droning zombies, or they’re really not that needy for food.


Either way, the taxpayers who work hard for their paychecks, can feel some satisfaction at knowing they won’t have to support as much mediocrity as they used to.

As we noted previoulsy, thanks to many years of accelerated growth in the program under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, 1 in 7 Americans now participate in the food stamp program.  There are, however, very large differences from state to state in how much the food stamp program has expanded. If we look at growth in the program from the year 2000 to 2015, we find growth varying from 641 percent growth in Nevada, to 54 percent growth in Wyoming:

Regionally, the areas of the country with the most growth are the South and West:


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B1G mNy's picture

Hard work is the way to go. Also I've always said you shouldn't be allowed back on welfare year after year. Glad they have to wait 3 years.

DaveA's picture

Unless you're a chick, in which case five minutes of sweaty fun gets you pregnant and back on the EBT!

Northern Lights's picture

Dirty fucking whores that they are.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

What about the John who fucks with her? Man-whore that he is?

cacrotalus's picture

The percentages don't necessarily mean much here; eg: If a state had 25% of its population on food stamps in 2000, and had a 200% increase by 2015, that would mean a lot more than a 400% increase over 5% participation. Let's see a full picture.

Megaton Jim's picture

If they are on welfare more than 3 years and have a kid, sterilize them!

JustPastPeacefield's picture

I was walking through the hispanic part of the city today and noticed that every store proudly proclaims that it accepts EBT and WIC. Any guesses on what percentage are on food stamps? 50, 75, 95? What a racket.

Now tell me again why we need open borders?  

BlackBart1941's picture

Would not in the least surprise me that many of the 9,000 who dropped out actually had other sources of income which would have made them ineligible for SNAP

moonmac's picture

Welfare allows people to burn bridges with their families over trivial matters then count on Big Gubermint to bail them out when things get tough which they usually do.

You got knocked up in high school and taxpayers reward you with a free apartment? If your family can't pay for it then you better try friends, neighbors, charities and churches.

Your Uncle is a multi-milionaire and your sad alcoholic ass is on medicade waiting for a liver transplant? They gave you your license back and you still drive drunk?

Most of these people are the biggest compulsive lying con artists with a gift of gab. They cry poor on Facebook but you know what they spend their money on. It's hard to hold my tongue. Their family and friends finally got sick of all the B.S. and voted to put it on us to deal with.

Tough Love is the greatest love, but it's courses are hard lessons nobody wants to teach anymore. Most American kids now get subsidized lunches. Beggar Nation is fully entrenched.  

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) moonmac Feb 27, 2017 12:22 AM

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Tough love is now called abusive speech. Trust me that is what I was told after an honest conversation with a family member. Fuck them.

JustPastPeacefield's picture

I walked by one of the many vagrants in the city tonight who had an interestng pitch: "I've run out of excuses, can anybody just give me some money."

Last week another one was incensed when I told him I had no money to give him. I had enough to get on the subway and that's it. Not even enough for a cup of coffee. You see, taking care of very sick, elderly parents full-time to keep them out of nursing homes and off of medicaid doesn't pay much. I'm poorer than them, but I don't reek of alcohol and weed and stink of urine, so they think I owe them something. A few months back, walking to the subway after a long 18 hour day in the hospital, one of these vagrant fucks tried to take my phone and chased me out into a busy street. Too bad you can't carry a weapon in this state, cause that fucker would be dead.

Beggar Nation is a shithole. No shame anymore.  

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

One nigger approached me after I got off the train, and said his mother had died and that he needed to get to Newark for the funeral.  Could I buy him a two way ticket? I said, sorry, but I only have money for lunch. He then said, "You can put it on your credit card." I asked him if he would rather have me call a limo for him, then walked away. LOL!

Sizzurp's picture

Looks like Maine just discovered a great way to get rid of 9000 of their problems on some other state. You can bet they'll be picking up and moving to a state with more free goodies. Maybe we can concentrate more of them in CA.

DIGrif's picture

Massachusetts is much closer and just as socialist.

Rakksan's picture

How many of these rats are Somalis? What % of the 9000?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Free one-way bus tickets to Cali for the gold rush! Worth the investment!

Rakksan's picture

Heading south to Massachusetts?

Father ¢hristmas's picture

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Elon Musk is building fucking rocketships that don't even work with his gubmint EBT.

You dizzy motherfuckers.

Goatboy's picture

You are too sane for this forum. Poor people with no influence are responsible for everything that goes wrong!

They are all hard working millionaires in their dreams and they hate lazy, poor slackers. What a bunch of morons.

It reminds me of (Monty Python's) gumby echo chamber.

DIGrif's picture

At least Musk is off his ass doing something.....which is more than a bunch of fucks who cant even do 6 hours of volunteer work a month can say.


Now WHO is the dizzy motherfucker?

joey stalin's picture

For each of Musk's Tesla vehicles sold, the US taxpayer contributes $7,000 in direct subsidy.  By the way, is Musk a Jew or what?

Last of the Middle Class's picture

I would much prefer Musk to return all of the US dollars so graciously given to his corporations and the spent on reducing the deficit than parade the charlatan around as an ideal we must strive for in any form. He is a con artist, nothing more.

AlbertthePudding's picture

Finest voters money can buy!

orangegeek's picture

The thinning of the herd continues.


The first wave are those that can't get out of bed.

JPMorgan's picture

No worky, no food.

Now get out there and sweep the roads and clear the drains.

joey stalin's picture

Still, one run-of-the-mill parasite bankster (usually of the Hebraic persuasion) imposes a far greater cost on the economy and taxpayer than 9,000 two-bit welfare chiselers.

Sudden Debt's picture

cool... black guys burning cars and killing other black guys in... 3....2...1....


joey stalin's picture

The Jew Mnuchin has worked his fingers to the bone to defraud the US of billions, and you're worried about nickel-and-dime welfare cheats.

alfbell's picture

Moving away from Socialism. Right on. 

Gov has to stop pushing people into degradation and make them be responsible for their own conditions. They need to be self-sufficient, they need to work, they need to contribute to society and exchange value for value. Socialism takes the life, creativity, energy and incentive out of people. What the fuck is so hard to understand about this?


dogismycopilot's picture

The Somalis are going to be upset.

Nth Degree's picture

This is so sweet, it gave me a thrill up my leg.

Vageling's picture

LoL! Only 24 hours a month of voluntary work is too much? Yeah... Stupid lazy fucks. How did the entitled gibsmedat worked out for 9000 of those parasites? Only 24 hours! That's going easy on their asses IMO. And still that's too much to do? Un-fucking-believable. Fuck em. The Governor is right. 

tokerhead's picture

Great, now the next group of shit heals has to get off their lazy ass and find real jobs -- that group would be the corparate welfare bums!

FredGSanford.'s picture

Oh how the Liberals will howl and harangue and bitch about this!!

ACasey's picture


Welfare should be traded; traded for work.  Work is productivity,  I suggest welfare be exchanged at the employer level like this.

Employers hire a welfare recipient.  The employer transmits payroll to the welfare agency just like we transmit payroll to company payroll processors.  If the recipient works 10 hours, the legal wage rate is paid based on hours worked up to the amount of welfare benefits the recipient is granted.  The check is processed like any other paycheck without payroll taxes of course.

Life is about trading. Its about productivity.

If the employer has more work, payroll can be processed in the standard fashion in any company.  If the recipient works more than benefits allowed, benefits are reduced accordingly because the welfare beneficiary is back in productive employment.

Food and medical benefits need to be allocated on trading work for benefits.

Here in Kentucky, its outrageous that welfare is paid that allows recipients the spare time to engage in drug activity and burglaries while you the homeowner is off at work providing for your family and the welfare recipients.

Trade is fair.  Trade is productive.  Paid spare time off is a trap.  Work for welfare benefits is fair.  No work, no trade, no benefits.


wally_12's picture

Let's not forget education. Here in Detroit, 38 schools have been classified as Non-Performing. Legally, that means 50% or more or their graduates can't read, write or do arithmetic for 3 or more years. The Republican legislature passed a law that said they should be shut down and the fund sent to schools that actually help the students.

The howling from the democratic school administrations and protesting has been deafening. No one has mentioned the forgotten students. It's the teachers and administrators that will rightly lose their jobs that are suffering. The Republican Governor will probably cave and continue the farce of "Education".

Faeriedust's picture

It IS a good deal harder for educators to teach children who start less civilized than your average chimpanzee, who have to scrounge for their own food and whose families spend most of their time in drug-induced comas, to read, write, and understand mathematics, than to teach the same skills to kids who come fed and scrubbed from homes where parents can spell their own names.  Inner-city educators generally have to start by taming wild animals, before they can move on to the higher realms of intellect.

Expat's picture

And so goes the same argument for the past two hundred years.  Look back in right-wing, racist newspapers from Boston, NY and New Orleans from the 1800's and read the same lines about the Irish and the Italians.  Or about the Greeks and Spanish.  Then it was Turks and Eastern Europeans.  Of course, always the blacks.

Whatever the racist undertone, you are basically correct.  But that would oddly lead me to believe that these people and their schools need MORE money, not less.  Why deprive them of an education which could lead to them becoming productive member of society?  Would you prefer they end up in jail?  30-60000 per year to jail someone in the US.  How would it cost to provide first class primary and secondary education to these same "criminals" and perhaps keep them out of jail?

It's your money after all.  Trump wants more private prisons.  Yayyy!  Private enterprise is great for America!  Yippee for capitalism!  Oh, wait, it's the fucking taxpayers who pay for the prisons, not the prisoners!

When some unemployable, undereducated inner-city piece of shit does a home invasion in your house and terrorizes your family, think about a few things: how you were pissing in your pants in front of your wife and kids (literally), how you could not even figure out which end of the gun was the dangerous one as you panicked, and how perhaps a few more dollars of taxes ten years ago would have kept this person out of your house in the first place.

joey stalin's picture

It's sad to see the White goyim getting suckered by our Hebraic overlords in the same way they play most Blacks.  And the game is, don't notice us as we rob you blind.

stljoe's picture

They already get massive massive amounts of money. It isn't fixing the problem. Detroit gets roughly $15,000 per student more than twice what my district gets yet their proficiency in math/reading is in single digits. Rather than throwing more money in the furnace based on an approach that has manifestly failed why not try something that might actually work?

Expat's picture

Detroit is not the most expensive and a large chunk of that funding goes to debt servicing and pension obligations.  Leaving aside the issues around pensions and debt, it simply means that the costs per student are not as high as portrayed.

I have not done much research into Detroit and its school problems but judging from the water situation, I would hasard a guess that much of the problem stems from corruption and mismanagement.  While it might be Democrats in power in Detroit, I don't really believe they have an exclusive on corruption and fucking over the poor; they are simply more hypocritical.

What might actually work in Detroit, then?

stljoe's picture

"What might actually work in Detroit, then?"

The same thing that disciplines all corrupt monopolies. Competition.


Vouchers, charters doesn't matter. Corrupt monopolies need competition not more money.


Also pension costs or not Detroit is  lavishly funded. They are not the worst granted but there is no rational argument that can be made that they lack money. Even taking account pension costs per spending per actual student comes out to about 11k a year. Still 50% more than my district spends for everything including pensions.


Honest Sam's picture

No amount of money will solve what is not a Financial problem.  It begins several generations ago as a singular person problem that morphs, thru unprotected sexual relations to reproduction, then into a familial one, then with one parent missing, that grows into an entire culture of one and then becomes embedded, generation after generation in that strata. 

No government law or rule or program or POTUS or school,  is going to reverse it.  The die is cast for millions of these predators.

You can't go forward till you get it out of reverse. Meanwhile, these ineffective band-aids seem to be all that any government can or should do.

At the grassroots it has to change.  Or not. It's up to them.

I'm convinced this problem will be with us until the earth stops spinning.  And maybe prisons or basically residences to at least house, and feed this waste of humanity is the only practical way out.



Ignorance is bliss's picture

The sins of he father are passed to the son.. classic wisdom.

DosZap's picture

Unless the cycle is BROKEN,it will ever be so.

Ignorance is bliss's picture

That's a lot illiterate kids soon to be adults. What a long term burden on society. How many of those kids are foreign? Is there a large population of Mexicans, Middle Eastern refugees, Chinese Etc.. they can't all be a product of the educational system.

Expat's picture

hooray.  0.019% of all food stamp recipients have been cut off.  The average recipient gets $126 per month so the great state of Maine has just saved itself $1.1 million.  Of course, the time, effort, and paper work to roll this enforcement out has likely cost much more, but why let economics stand in the way of principles.

I am not defending food stamp fraud and I applaud all effort to rein in government costs, but when you consider the cost of one obsolete piece of military hardware or the black budget of the NSA, it is frankly sickening that this is best we can do.  There is no mention of people receiving food stamps who live in areas where no work is available, no jobs training is provided and no organisms exist who need volunteer work.  There are deep rural people in Maine like in Alabama or Tennessee; would you have them commute three hours a day just to pick up litter?  How are they supposed to pay for the gas?

Or just fuck them for being poor?  There are airline pilots who are food stamps!  The largest group of recipients are white.  I personally think we should grind up all the poor people and use them for fertilizer.  Make the cut-off 250k net wealth.  Lol.  Good luck next election!

YourAverageJoe's picture

If someone chooses to live in some backwater where no opportunities exist now or in the future and they count on a parasitical existance, then yeah, fuck 'em.