Since President Obama took office in 2009, 14.5 million more Americans are on welfare. The annual cost to taxpayers for this program that now covers over 46 million Americans? $74 billion.
If this high price tag isn’t enough of a reason for reform, the amount of fraud and abuse should be. In 2010, for instance, the federal government spent $64 billion on welfare programs, $2.5 billion of which was later found to have been paid improperly.
Yet any attempts to reform the system by conservatives in Washington are continually met with attacks from Democrats and big-government Republicans who want to protect the status quo.
That’s why, here in Georgia, we’re instituting our own reforms to cut cost and abuse in our welfare programs while ensuring those truly in need continue to receive help.
We’ve introduced – and are now expanding – a work requirement for able-bodied food stamp recipients with no children.
Simply put, no one who is physically able to work should be allowed to simply sit at home and draw government assistance.
I believe our government has a role to play to help those truly in need. But we cannot afford to follow Washington’s model of spending billions of dollars of taxpayer money every year on an inefficient and wasteful government program.
We’re choosing to do things the right way here in Georgia.