• Maine Outlaws Jet Skis for Welfare Recipients

    October 10, 2015

    Tags: ,
    Posted in: #99Percent, Economy, Minimum Wage


    In another step in the long political tradition of imposing bombastic, faux populist, hate-mongering solutions to problems that don’t really exist, Maine Governor Paul LePage announced he is tired of able-bodied food stamp recipients zipping around on jet skis instead of looking for jobs that do not exist.

    His state thus proudly announced it will disallow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the official term for food stamps) benefits for childless households with certain assets worth more than $5,000. A home equity and a person’s primary vehicle (but what if that vehicle is a $1.5 million Ferrari?) won’t count against the limit, but the state has issued a list of things that could: “bank accounts, snowmobiles, boats, motorcycles, jet skis, all-terrain vehicles, recreational vehicles, campers” and other valuables.

    “Hard-working Mainers should not come home to see snowmobiles, four wheelers or jet skis in the yards of those who are getting welfare,” LePage said in a statement. Left out of course is how those “hard-working Mainers” know exactly how is getting welfare among jet ski owners, but, whatever, when you are inciting hatred you don’t sweat the details.

    OK. So if you are poor, you need to become poorer to get food assistance, because, sure if you have more than $5,000 bucks worth of whatever you are rich enough. The, after those one-time sell offs of your assets for pennies on the dollar to richer folks, you are then poor enough for welfare. Circle of life kinda stuff.

    Of course all this righteousness begs the question of how many SNAP recipients in Maine have jet skis in their yards. Exactly how many?

    “We hear examples and concerns from clients and constituents quite frequently,” a spokesperson for the governor replied. He declined to give a number, or an estimate, or to cite even one specific case.

    He also declined to answer the “So what?” question; so what if someone who needs food assistance has minimal assets. Is the idea that one needs to sell off everything one owns, down to the walls, and only then ask for something to eat? How the f*ck mean of a society are we?

    Federal law imposes resource limits for SNAP eligibility, but states generally waive the limit for applicants if they already qualify for even modest assistance from another means-tested safety net program. It’s a policy called broad-based categorical eligibility, and most states offer it.

    In the aftermath of the Great Recession, almost all states also waived time limits on food stamp benefits for able-bodied adults without dependents, and those limits are coming back now that the unemployment rates are falling. LePage’s administration imposed the time limit — billed as a “work requirement” — ahead of schedule, ending benefits for 9,000 Mainers this year.

    Oh, and about those jobs. Minimum wage in Maine is $7.50 an hour. Most minimum wage jobs offer 29 or fewer hours a week. So, even before taxes, that works out to $217 a week. Assuming a full 52 weeks of employment, that adds up to $11,310. So hah hah, the poverty line in Maine for one person is $11,945.

    “What’s next? Grandma can’t buy groceries until she sells her engagement ring?” said Representative Drew Gattine, a Democrat who co-chairs the state legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. (Answer: No. For no apparent reason, jewelry will not count toward the asset limit in Maine.)

    Now, one more question.

    How much in free food benefits are those lazy ass jet skiers in Maine sucking up? In other words, how much money will the new system in Maine save those angry tax payers, especially given the bureaucratic infrastructure needed to discover who has assets such as jet skis, and then to process them out of the SNAP system, lousy free-loaders?

    The average person in Maine receives all of $122.79 a month in food benefits.

    Related Articles:

    Copyright © 2020. All rights reserved. The views expressed here are solely those of the author(s) in their private capacity.

  • Recent Comments

    • Bruce said...


      Chump Change from $Billionaire Maine 1% Occupiers (e.g., Poppy and the burning Bushs) could provide for all “I Lead” State occupants’ welfare. Well, Poppy; at long last, howzabout Some LEADERSHIP?

      10/10/15 11:01 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Maybe Billy Joel should tackle in song whole states (Maine) instead of just cities like Allentown. How did the governor got this through? Aren’t there any close to him who could tell him to back off?

      10/10/15 1:50 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      I wonder why a mass shooter never does his thing in a legislature. After all, they are GUN FREE ZONES too. Except for..you got it…the guys carrying a gun….protecting the scumbag who work for the 1% instead of YOU . This is the real reason why the collectivists want to repeal the 2nd Amendment. So the Wall Street .01% will have a “monopoly of violence” at their disposal. Unfortunately, they also know any attempt at REAL gun confiscation will lead to a bloody civil war..which will interfere with collecting the interest on loans to the USG. It might even lead “we the people” to learn the truth, which once they do, might lead them to actually HANG the Oligarchy…

      Speaking of the 2nd Amendment.. here is why it ain’t gonna happen.


      Meanwhile, now that Obama has admitted his intent to turn America into another Australia, by virtue of gun CONFISCATION via another of his “executive orders”, some people are already daring him..to come and get them.


      And speaking of that truth..it can be found here…

      And here you thought the Constitution meant something. In reality, it’s the biggest fraud ever conceived in the history of the planet.

      10/12/15 10:01 AM | Comment Link

    • Dana said...


      This makes me want to rent/buy hundreds of jet skis and stand in line at the grocery store with coupons to ride. Just because … As a sort of grand protest ride.
      And I’d like to hold that at the lake wherever that dude’s vacation house is. Because assuredly the pol limiting SNAP is wealthy enough to have a vacation home.
      On another note – van buren, are you single? I think I’m in love. You’re awesome! 🙂

      10/25/15 5:43 AM | Comment Link

    Leave A Comment

    Mail (will not be published) (required)