By Max Ehrenfreund, Roberto A. Ferdman, The Washington Post
As many as 1 million Americans will stop receiving food stamps over the course of this year beginning on Friday, the consequence of a controversial work mandate that has been reinstated in 22 states as the economy improves.
The 20-year-old rule — which was suspended in many states during the economic recession — requires that adults without children or disabilities must have a job in order to receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for more than three months, with some exceptions. Many states have begun to re-impose the federal rule as the economy recovers, with the largest group reviving it at the beginning of this year. As a result, many recipients' three-month limit expires today, April 1.
The change has reignited a fierce debate between conservative leaders, who say waiving the mandate discourages people from working, and their liberal counterparts, who say the three-month time limit ignores the reality that jobs are still hard to come by for low-skilled workers.
Food Stamps are being abused and should be discontinued altogether. The program is paid for by hard working Americans while the Americans who receive them can buy chips, dips, soda, energy drinks and the like.
If the Food Stamp Program remains then the recipients should only be able to purchase goods from approved grocery stores, NOT CONVENIENCE STORES and only staples such as; milk, bread, cheese, oatmeal, flour, rice, beans, etc., and something that has to be prepared OR NOTHING AT ALL!