Forget Work Requirements for the Poor - Guarantee them a Job, Instead

NPP Pressroom

The Hill
Lindsay Koshgarian

A few days before ordering airstrikes on Syria, President Trump dropped a bomb at home: He signed an executive order to require recipients of federal aid — including food stamps, Medicaid, and housing subsidies — to work. 

To some, it is a solution looking for a problem. After all, more than half of recipients of federal aid programs like Medicaid already work. And the vast majority live in households where someone is earning an income. Of those who don’t work, the most commons reasons are illness, disability, school attendance, and caregiving for younger or older family members.

Still, I actually think there’s a case to make that Trump didn’t go far enough.

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