up litter, painting fences, pulling weeds, and babysitting? Would you
please name one or two, so I can understand who you're referring to?
I also doubt that prison road gangs ended to line the pockets of
government contractors. Do you have any evidence of that? I rather
suspect the real reason was a combination of its resemblance to slavery,
the cruel way it was often implemented, the risk of escapes, people's
increasing distaste at seeing people, even convicts, treated that way,
and civil rights lawsuits both real and threatened.
Good way to get fired when you are in some flunky management
positioin and give somebody 40 hours/week.
These days the max is 25 hours/week to avoid paying benifits.
Try getting hired at a big box store.
There are many full timers at box stores. Just talked to one the
other day. My DIL has a full time job in a box store (actually, she
works at home now). There are full time jobs but they're not the
entry positions. hey can be choosy.
On Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:35:10 -0700, Just Wondering
That's probably the way lefties see the world but to the prisoners, a
chance to get outside the prison walls is well worth the work involved
and it does pay - something. They're not called "trustees" for
nothing. If they escape they'll never see the outside world again
(most are murders, IIRC).
Here in California, convict labor is used to fight forest fires as
(Pick & Shovel duty).
Goats are used to clean brush from the hill sides since you almost
have to be
a billy goat to gain access to much of the brush.
"Rent-A-Goat" has become quite a business.
Considering the fact that a large percentage of the "food stamp" funds go for things other than food, The changes will have about zero impact on the farmers. However, folks will have to find other ways to pay for the tobacco products and beer.
On Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:10:04 PM UTC-5, Lew Hodgett wrote:
If I am not mistaken (and I'm sure I'll be corrected if I am) all of this recent talk about changes to the Food Stamp program are related to changes that were put into place as part of the Farm Bill of 2014.
Congress included changes to the Food Stamp program in the Feb 2014 Farm Bill which cut benefits to certain individuals based on how much those individuals received in "heating cost" assistance from their state.
Individuals used to be able to qualify for additional food stamps if they received as little as $1 in heating cost assistance, so the state gave them the $1. (Heat and Eat). The 2014 Farm Bill increased the minimum requirement to $20.
Some states promptly raised the amount that they provided in heating assistance by $19, putting their constituents back on the "additional Food Stamp" rolls. Some are calling this an "end-around" to the Farm Bill's cost savings attempt.
The extra $19 comes from the federal government anyway, so it doesn't cost the states anything, and it keeps their constituents happy.
The renewed activity is related to certain members of congress trying to prevent the states from performing the "end around" that eliminates the savings the Farm Bill provision was supposed provide.
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