That’s certainly what some would have you believe. Either that or he’s a Republican Christianist Fundamentalist Bible Thumper. Or maybe he’ll turn out to be the Republican reincarnation of Albert Eichmann. After all, it was Eichmann who put this on the gates above the death camps.
That’s right, “Work will set you free!”
What is Governor LePage doing in Maine?
Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that allows some able-bodied adults to receive food stamps without fulfilling work requirements.
“We must continue to do all that we can to eliminate generational poverty and get people back to work,” LePage said in a statement announcing the change, which would take effect Oct. 1. “We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.”
In other words, if you don’t work, you don’t eat. Heartless RepubliThug, Christianist bastard.
Without the waiver, able-bodied food stamp recipients in Maine will need to meet a work requirement outlined in federal law, which means they need to either work at least 20 hours a week or volunteer for a community agency.
According to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, able-bodied recipients are defined as adults ages 18 to 49 who have no dependents, are not pregnant and are not disabled.
DHHS has identified 12,000 current recipients in Maine who fit that definition.
Children will be starving at the city gates. And, of course they are minority children, not the children of white privilege. The new RepubliThug governor is seeking to balance the Maine budget on the backs of the poor.
LePage’s announcement Wednesday comes as the governor has ramped up efforts in the past few months to make welfare reform a signature issue during his re-election campaign.
Maine is obviously an inherently racist state. It’s mostly white population and white landscape – it snows in Maine a lot! – are reflected in their new governor.
Here’s what a prominent Democratic politician, Mike Michaud, had to say.
“I’m a supporter of work requirements but, one thing I’ve learned during my time in public service is that a one size fits all policy doesn’t always work,” Michaud said in a statement.
We wonder if Congressman Michaud applied that logic – one size policy doesn’t work – in his vote on ObamaCare. Probably not, seeing as how he’s a Democrat. And, as we know Democrats are the party of “their size fits all.”
Here at the Curmudgeon, we with the new Governor best wishes. With policies like this he may well be in for a Presidential nomination for 2016. And, interestingly enough, the readers of the Portland (Maine) Press Herald agree with their new Governor.