On Sunday, Fox News posted the following headline:
Republicans’ work requirements ‘obsession’ is ‘offensive’ to poor people,’ CNN commentator complains
Quite possibly I am missing something, but it seems to me that one of the ways to get out of poverty is through work. The other way is through education or training in a useful skill.
The article reports:
Republicans’ “obsession” with work requirements are “offensive” to poor people and could produce a backlash, CNN political commentator Ashley Allison said on Sunday..
She appeared on a panel discussion during “State of the Union” to react to the news that Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reached an agreement to raise the debt ceiling after months of debate.
McCarthy has argued that while some Republicans were unhappy with the concessions in the agreement, there is “not one thing in the bill for Democrats.” One of the Republicans’ concessions, however, included removing work requirements for social programs like Medicaid and SNAP, something that Allison insisted is “offensive.”
The article concludes:
Allison’s comments echo, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who criticized the idea of work requirements in another segment of th show, saying that it would actually “hurt poor people.”
“We’ve seen reams of data that show that when you put these work requirements in, they’re really just administrative red tape that prevent the people who need help from getting help,” Jayapal said.
McCarthy claimed Republicans are largely in favor of the agreement. According to the House Speaker, the bill will sit for public review for 72 hours before finally coming up for a vote on Wednesday. The vote would come days before the new June 5 default deadline provided by the Treasury Department.
The people who need help are not prevented from getting help due to a work requirement. The work requirement has exemptions for people caring for children and for the elderly. There is no reason an able-bodied American can’t be required to work for his benefits.