In defense of able-bodied people going to a job

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | Chris Woodward, | Politics

Democrats are speaking out against President Donald Trump's executive order demanding work requirements in welfare programs, but a conservative says it's about achieving the American dream.

OneNewsNow has reported how Trump - told by the GOP-led Congress that welfare reform is a dead issue on Capitol Hill – has instructed his cabinet to study ways to tighten work requirements.

Writer and radio show host Stacy Washington says the President wants people to work, train or volunteer 20 hours a week.

"It's nothing strenuous," she insists. "This is not about emotion. It's not about hate. It's about able-bodied people working in order to eat and there's nothing wrong with that."

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) are among the liberal Democrats arguing against welfare work requirements.

"Work requirements do not create jobs," the two Democrats stated in a joint statement. "They instead create barriers to assistance for those who need them, oftentimes when their situation is most dire."

The same statement also claimed Trump is pushing "false and racist stereotypes about certain groups supposedly taking advantage of government assistance."

Washington, however, says she supports the tougher regulations because the federal government should operate a safety net that allows able-bodied people to "access the American dream" by moving beyond welfare to work.

"Not because I don't want people to have a safety net," she stresses, "or I don't think that people on welfare want to work."

But the federal government, she says, should not create a system that keeps people who use that safety net from seeking and finding work. 

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