Welfare Recipients To Be Required To Clean Subways

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 think it’s a fair way to get the subways clean,” Joanna Kielbiowski, 32, of New Hyde Park, L.I., said at a midtown subway station. “Sometimes when I take the subway, it’s disgusting.”

Adam Salah, 21, of the Bronx said the program would be “a good way to get people on their feet … and get the subway cleaner.”

Michael Pollack, 29, of Long Beach, L.I., was on the fence.

“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.

About The Author: Brittany Pounders is a conservative political commentator, blogger, and freelancer. She is a frequent guest columnist for The Toronto Sun, and can be heard through many different radio and media outlets such as The Blaze Radio Network, The Chris Salcedo Show, The Ed Dean Radio Show, has appeared on The Glenn Beck Show and regularly on cable news channels, including NewsmaxTv, One America News Network, America Trends, and the Fox News with Neil Cavuto. She resides in Texas with her husband and is raising three of the finest little people in the world. Follow her on… Facebook or @LibertyBritt

  • Leah Ketrick

    Sounds like a good plan to me! I've always thought that people receiving welfare should also have to pass a drug screening when they go in to pick up their check.