We know research firms and think tanks debate our economy all the time and it certainly is a complex machine, BUT sometimes, well, it just ain’t rocket science.
Massive COVID-19-related expansions of welfare under Joe Biden have made staying home more lucrative than working. Not surprisingly, our nation is facing a workforce shortage. And the welfare state enacted by Biden boosted food stamps by 25 percent, the largest increase in program history, along with an additional 12.5 percent benefit increase. The Biden administration also increased “emergency allotments” for food stamps by an additional $95 per month for households already receiving the maximum benefit until March 2023.
To make matters worse, the Biden administration suspended work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) on food stamps, resulting in even more people sitting on the sidelines. These commonsense work requirements will remain suspended until the public health emergency officially ends.
Labor shortages are stunting an economic comeback, and the Biden administration is doing little to help. At a time when moving workers back into the labor force should be prioritized, the Biden administration has chosen welfare over work.
More from our friends at the Foundation for Government Accountability:
“Congress must rein in the Biden administration’s out-of-control regulatory spending to help solve the worker shortage.
“Rather than restore commonsense work requirements to help move people off the sidelines, the Biden administration has chosen to expand welfare benefits by billions of dollars. Left unchecked, the Biden administration will only make the situation worse in the coming months.
“Thankfully, states have paved the way, and federal lawmakers should follow their lead. By requiring legislative approval of costly rules, Congress can restore accountability and oversight over executive actions. If the American economy is to get back on track and avoid calamity, Congress must rein in President Biden’s out-of-control regulatory spending.”