I think this is a great idea that falls more in the column of the common sense section. Why would anyone be opposed to this?
The cash-strapped MTA may soon put welfare recipients to work scrubbing and cleaning the subways.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to revive its participation in the city’s Work Experience Program – which makes the unemployed toil for their benefit checks.
“This is a program that has a proven track record of doing three things: providing low-cost cleaning help for the subway; providing job training to people who need it, and leading directly to full-time employment for many of the people who participate in the program,” MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin said.
The MTA eliminated 173 cleaner positions last year in a series of budget cuts that slashed a total of about 3,500 jobs.
Subway riders told about the plan Monday largely gave it a thumbs up.
“I feel like saying yes and no,” Pollack said. “On some level, it’s exploitation of people in a bad position. On the other hand, a lot of people wait around looking for a handout, and this is a way for them to earn it.”
Due to our struggling national economy, the days of free hand outs should be gone forever. If you want a government check than you should have no problems with doing some kind of labor to earn it. The gravy train needs to come to a screeching halt. I have a feeling that actually making some of these welfare recipients work for their check may actually cause a number of them to drop off the welfare rolls.