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“SNAP to Work,” South Carolina!



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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley wants a portion of the Palmetto State’s food stamp population to “sing for their supper.” Or at least that’s what she wants us to think …

Haley’s as-yet-unannounced proposal – dubbed “SNAP to Work” – would require beneficiaries of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to find jobs if they wish to continue receiving these benefits. Or at least those beneficiaries residing in sixteen of South Carolina’s forty-six counties.

Sound good? Of course it does. It’s supposed to. But here’s our question: If these people find jobs, why would they still need food stamps?

Hmmmmm …

While you’re pondering, here’s another important question: Who’s paying for these new jobs? Because a lot of the “work” created by various government “welfare-to-work” programs is subsidized by taxpayers.

Haley’s latest proposal is one of several questionable initiatives being run out of her two least credible cabinet agencies – the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW). In fact this program sounds eerily similar to the illusory “welfare to work” gains Haley touted last fall in connection with SCDSS’ “Family Independence Program.”

Obviously we’ll wait to see the fine print from Haley’s plan, but our guess is the only people “singing for these suppers” will be taxpayers …