‘Personal growth’ in exchange for food stamps

So I’m reading SB 312, the bill sponsored by state Sens. William Ligon, R-Brunswick; John Albers, R-Roswell; Buddy Carter, R-Pooler; and President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, to require that food stamp recipients do something in exchange for the assistance they receive.

The first passage that strikes the eye is this:

(a) In order to be eligible for food stamps, an applicant shall engage in personal growth activities, which may include, but not be limited to, working toward a general educational development (GED) diploma, if not a high school graduate; pursuing technical education; attending self-development classes; and enrolling in an adult literacy class.

“Personal growth activities” is an intriguing phrase, open to broad interpretation. Likewise “self-development classes.”

Attention, Zumba and yoga instructors: The Legislature may be about to unlock a new market for you.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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129 comments Add your comment

Jeff

January 27th, 2012
12:05 pm

Check out Bill Hembree’s new bill to make you a felon for doing the smart thing and verifying that the “cop” trying to pull you over is really a cop…

Common Sense

January 27th, 2012
12:12 pm

Better yet, let’s reduce your food stamps by 2% per month. That will motivate you to get out there and better yourself.

findog

January 27th, 2012
12:20 pm

So, if you are poor and need assistance you need to spend money on self-improvement to get food stamps?
Will the next, “Get tough on the poor,” move be indigent medical care will require buying vitamins?

Jim

January 27th, 2012
12:27 pm

Makes sense. Can’t afford to buy food, but let’s make them pay for a class of some sort . . .

findog

January 27th, 2012
12:28 pm

You know you are in Georgia:
We will force conditions on food stamps but will not means test Hope

Carol

January 27th, 2012
12:30 pm

Jim,

I was thinking the same thing. They need assistance, so where in the h@ll are they going to get the money for the “self-improvement” classes. Secondly, do these idiots not realize that the people who get assistance cross all economic and educational classes? And finally, what limits are we going to put on corporate welfare? The welfare that hasn’t been producing the number of jobs that it could.

Ol' Timer

January 27th, 2012
12:31 pm

Everyone has the right to be stupid, but Georgia politicians abuse the privilege.

Ol' Timer

January 27th, 2012
12:31 pm

Enter your comments here

Carol

January 27th, 2012
12:33 pm

By the way, I know of a woman who only made about $26,000/yr who was laid off last year. She can’t even get food stamps because according to GA she made too much.

it is what it is and always was

January 27th, 2012
12:46 pm

Military members and their families are using more food stamps than in previous years – redeeming them last year at nearly twice the civilian rate, according to Defense Commissary Agency figures.

The agency reports that more than $31 million worth of food stamps were used at commissaries nationwide in 2008 – an increase of about $6.2 million, or more than 25 percent –

Well what kind of personal growth should they seek?

Independent voter

January 27th, 2012
12:47 pm

Carol it only in GA when you hear the dirty republicans trying to hurt poor people.
GA is on the top list for worst racist state.

Independent voter

January 27th, 2012
12:49 pm

GA want to take president Obama name off the November ballot.
These republican will be voted out the next election the middle class are fed up with they dirty tricks.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

January 27th, 2012
12:49 pm

Make those grubby little parasites show a birf certificate before they get their cheese.

jd

January 27th, 2012
12:50 pm

They should amend the bill to exempt military families and teacher’s families.

Georgia, The " New Mississippi "

January 27th, 2012
12:51 pm

Our IGNORANCE is going to make Georgia the poorest state in the Nation. We are already the regional leader in the southern “diabetes belt” .The SNAP program, commonly known as foodstamps is a federally funded program nutrition program. State legislators can reject, limit and choose to make it impossible for the working poor to receive help. It will not stop the program on the national level. It just means the allocation for Georgia will be given to another state to help feed and benefit their citizens while impoverished Georgians struggle even more.

Frederick Douglass

January 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

Stop issuing that EBT card that looks like a credit card, go back to the old coupon style book. That card makes it easy for white folks to pretend that they’re not on the dole like so many of them really are.

td

January 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

There was a job serch requirement on receiving FS in Georgia for years but the grocery store lobby had it removed because it hurt their business.

td

January 27th, 2012
12:58 pm

So all you libs think people should live off the government and have no responsibility placed on them to ever help get off government assistance. We are truly turning into a welfare state socialist nation.

midtownguy

January 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

Does he realize that the food stamp program is governed by federal regulations and not state? While the state does have a little administrative latitude, it is pretty much the federal rules. Even if the bill passed, it couldn’t be implemented.

I think he knows this. He is just getting some free campaign press.

td

January 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

midtownguy

January 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

You seem to forget that the state does not have to accept any Federal programs. If the bill is passed and the DOA does not accept the Georgia rules then the state can opt out of the program. Just go around and Google eligibility requirements in different states and you will see that states have a great deal of room to establish their own rules.

Hide-n-seek

January 27th, 2012
1:16 pm

Been there, done that!!! Where have these legislators been?? Food stamp and welfare recipients have been through these programs since 1998.

@td

January 27th, 2012
1:21 pm

My sister was laid off in 2010 from a $50,000 + job. She has a master’s degree. Her ex-huband was laid off in 2009 and has not paid child support in over 19 months because of it. he left the state to avoid being sent to jail. She currently works as a photo tech at a CVS so her 3 kids can have health care insurance – for less then her unemployment check, but not healthcare – would be if she stayed in the program while looking for a job. She moved in with me since she can’t afford rent if she wants to keep the car and insurance. She has been on food stamps for 6 months. So what do you think her ‘respondsibility’ to ‘get off government assistance’ should be?

it is what it is and always was

January 27th, 2012
1:23 pm

They should amend the bill to exempt military families and teacher’s families.

What about those with permanent mental and or physical disabilities? What about Seniors? What about police and firemen families? What about the working poor? The bill is to target and profile that is why it should be thrown out as the BS proposal that it is.

td

January 27th, 2012
1:29 pm

@td

January 27th, 2012
1:21 pm

She is doing what she needs to do and in cases like hers the government should have a temporary short term program to help until she can get back on her feet. It is the generational welfare/FS people that I am talking about and what I believe this bill is addressing. I am sure if you read the entire bill then what your sister is doing would be considered “personal growth”.

Open Minded

January 27th, 2012
1:38 pm

With some tinkering this may not be the worst idea ever. Certainly a first for the two that came up with the bill.

WAW

January 27th, 2012
1:38 pm

Keep voting against yourself Georgians, you or your grandchildren are one pink slip away from understanding what class warfare is all about!

Carol

January 27th, 2012
1:44 pm

td
It is the generational welfare/FS people that I am talking about and what I believe this bill is addressing. I am sure if you read the entire bill then what your sister is doing would be considered “personal growth”.
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And you still don’t know who you’re referring to or why they are on the system. As has already been pointed out many on what you call “generational welfare” are people with disabilities and seniors. And don’t forget, according to Ole Newt he forced welfare reform on a Democratic president that automatically limits how long you can be on “welfare” so there are obvious some specific exceptions that allow people to be on longer. One thing, we need to define what “welfare” is because it’s not what it used to be.

UGA 1999

January 27th, 2012
1:47 pm

This food stamp president has been trading our national growth and prosperity for the entitlement lower class. Great work.

Georgia, The " New Mississippi "

January 27th, 2012
1:52 pm

@ WAW
January 27th, 2012
1:38 pm

plus one

they vote to shoot themselves in the foot and are going to SCREAM like hell when the bleeding starts

DJ Sniper

January 27th, 2012
1:53 pm

Jeff, do you have a link to any information about that bill being sponsored by Bill Hembree? I want to find out as much as I can about this.

UGA 1999

January 27th, 2012
1:56 pm

CNN just ran a report that Obama does not appear to be “engaged” and that is family has been seperating themselves from Washington and the White House staff. I dont know if you guy remember but I told you guys this about three months ago. I have a friend that is a secret service agent for the Clintons. She has been saying that the Obamas have been very reclusive.

GaBlue

January 27th, 2012
2:00 pm

GEORGIA DESERVES BETTER!

Meet up: Tomorrow. High Noon, the Capitol, downtown Atlanta.

td

January 27th, 2012
2:00 pm

Carol

January 27th, 2012
1:44 pm

You my friend do not know what you are talking about.

How can a Senior on SS be considered generational? If a senior has almost any SS then they are only eligable for $20 per month. No big deal.

The SNAP program was not part of Newt’s “Welfare Reform” and therefore does not have a lifetime limit. (only TANF or better known as a welfare check).

As far as people with disabilities, why can these people not go out and attend a class to help themselves? If the person is truly disabled then they receive SSI and as such fall into the category as the seniors and only receive a very limited amount of benefits.

Now let us talk about all these men (babies daddy all races) who are unmarried and living in the home but that the government does not count their income because mom states no man is living in her home and the DFCS office is REQUIRED to take the mothers statement as verification. Or how about the illegal woman coming into the office and stating that the daddy of the children in back in Mexico or Panama or where ever but keeps adding additional US children every year to her case and she is the name on the FS benefits.

Now lets see you libs come on and defend these who BTW are the vast majority of the clients receiving FS.

James Dobson

January 27th, 2012
2:03 pm

Yeah UGA 1999…..and what other tin foil hat secrets has your “friend” been sharing with you? What happened to Amelia Earhart?

UGA 1999

January 27th, 2012
2:05 pm

James….feel free to check it out on CNN. Go ahead.

James Dobson

January 27th, 2012
2:05 pm

td….making up stories on a blog does not make it true. You’re simply lying…repeating ad nauseum the bs you hear from Rush ” I likes the lil boys in the Dominican Republic” Limbaugh.

James Dobson

January 27th, 2012
2:06 pm

UGA 1999…..An opinion piece on CNN is proof of what again? Somebody’s opinion?
kthxbi

UGA 1999

January 27th, 2012
2:09 pm

James…..Opinion piece….so? I was simply commenting on the post. Defensive today are we?

joe

January 27th, 2012
2:09 pm

They should go further by saying all Georgia food stamp recipients be REQUIRED to pass a drug test. I’m sick and tired of over 51% of the people of this country getting a free lunch on the backs of the other 49%…as soon as the 51 becomes 60, our currency and way of life comes crashing to the ground. Greece, here we come, unless we vote out Obama.

UGA 1999

January 27th, 2012
2:09 pm

I love it when fools can post no fact but call every post from someone from the right a “lie”. It is great!

UGA 1999

January 27th, 2012
2:10 pm

Joe….AMEN!

James Dobson

January 27th, 2012
2:13 pm

Yeah joe…all those children from North Gawga should be drug tested immediately – starting at age 1.

UGA 1999

January 27th, 2012
2:15 pm

James……if they are on a government give out program….YES THEY SHOULD!

James Dobson

January 27th, 2012
2:15 pm

UGA, its clear that you don’t know the difference between an opinion and a fact – but then again you birthers really don’t have that great a grasp of “facts” anyway.

UGA 1999

January 27th, 2012
2:16 pm

James….Hey CNN said it not me. They are a leftist media outlet. Blame them. hahaha

UGA 1999

January 27th, 2012
2:18 pm

Here are some FACTS FOR YOU!!!

UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS – UP 1.9 MILLION
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE – UP 17%
GAS PRICES – UP 101%
FEDERAL DEBT – UP 35%
DEBT PER PERSON – UP $11,311
FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS – UP 39%
HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS – UP 19%
HOME VALUES – DOWN 12%

***ALL OF THIS SINCE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE!!!

JSH

January 27th, 2012
2:20 pm

Drug testing is the way to go. If you are able to purchase drugs, then you should not be eligible for food stamps. That one requirement would clean up the entire system.

James Dobson

January 27th, 2012
2:21 pm

Then go get your drug test UGA – you benefit from federal and state dollars everyday.

James Dobson

January 27th, 2012
2:22 pm

You still don’t know what an opinion piece is UGA? Regardless of the network? Sheesh…birthers.

UGA 1999

January 27th, 2012
2:23 pm

James…..But I contribute….they dont.