On Jan. 1, the Department of Agriculture eliminated an exemption that had allowed North Carolina to ignore “a federal requirement that able-bodied adults without children work or volunteer at least 20 hours a week to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP,” reported Wake County news station WRAL.
Specifically, it eliminated the exemption for 23 counties, including my county of Wake. The exemption will remain in place for the state’s 77 other counties until July 1.
This means that about 59,000 men and women who currently receive food stamps in N.C. will now need to make an effort to either work or volunteer, lest they lose their access to free food.
My reaction to this news is as such:
Let me tell you why. Over the past ten years, I have met a rather notable number of welfare recipients in my town of Raleigh who I can say with full certainty do not deserve even a smidgen of help from the government.
The most notorious of these individuals claimed to suffer from “chronic fatigue,” a condition that allegedly prevented him from putting in just two hours of hard work at Food Lion. Yet this same schmuck once spent four hours in a hotel room with some floozy, and I kid you not.
Then sometime around 2010, he finally won his disability case with the state and received a lump-sum payment of about $20,000. I vividly recall the day I found out, because he showed up at my place with a litany of luxurious goods, including:
- A $1000 jacket.
- A $300 pair of shoes.
- A $500 outfit.
- A $50 hat.
- A $200 watch.
The young man also got a promise of a $1,200 monthly stipend, courtesy taxpayers like me, and FYI, I was earning only a measly $250 per week for my work back then.
But he represents just one of many similar souls I have had the unfortunate displeasure of meeting during my time here in Wake County, N.C.
I without a doubt believe that some people genuinely need and deserve SNAP benefits, but I imagine that much like me, such people hate sitting around doing nothing. As such, I imagine that these folks will feel no consternation about making a greater effort to find work or volunteer.
My point is that when I speak about North Carolina’s welfare leeches, I mean people like the guy I mentioned. Liberals refuse to admit it, but a whole lot of people just like him exist all across the country. And the fact that I want to see guys like him be held accountable doesn’t make me someone who hates the poor; it makes me someone who has common-sense!