Getting Real

Oh, the humanity:

About 30,000 college students are getting a real-world lesson in economics after cash-hungry Michigan kicked them off of food stamps to save roughly $75 million per year.

Under the new rules, only single moms and students who work 20 hours a week may be able to keep their benefits, reported.

College students generally aren’t eligible for federal food assistance but nearly all of them in Michigan had qualified for the state’s program under an exception for those participating in an employment and training program whose criteria included attending college, the Detroit News reported.

How many more examples of government largess gone wrong do we need before we understand the power of perverse incentives and stop repeating our mistakes?


4 thoughts on “Getting Real

  1. Poor kids, whose parents can’t afford to support them through college, so they feel that the government should. My dad helped me with college expenses, to the tune of $50 in gas money only one time in four years. I just assumed it was my responsibility to figure out how to pay for both my college expenses and living expenses. I went without a car, and walked to my job, to the store, etc. I didn’t have a cell phone, or a computer until I could afford one. I worked 70-80 hours a week in the summer, besides mowed lawns and had paper routes, because I was motivated by the fact that if I didn’t work, I didn’t eat, or study, or anything else. It never crossed my mind that I was the victim of some injustice.

    God help us all. The sentiments of those in the article, newsclip, are very widespread, I’m afraid. These people will vote and they are clueless about so much. Like the guy who said that it is a bad time to cut the college students’ benefits because they already don’t have money. How can they not understand that the govt is broke, too.

    1. I think my parents helped me to the tune of $150 over four years. Your parents are really behind on stuff. . . .

      You were a victim. Admit it. Society owes you a bundle–with interest.

      They can’t understand that the government is broke because they have yet to learn the college math that would let them figure it out. ‘Cause regular high-school math doesn’t get into numbers that are that big.

  2. Mine let me live at home and eat there. That amounted to more than $150, I think. But then I got married half-way through and what we got after that was frozen vegetables and canned fruit.

    Still, I thought it was quite generous.

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