Focus on passing laws that establish an hourly wage people can live off of without needing assistance and you wouldn't need programs like this. Most people on assistance programs work but do not earn enough to help them survive without government assistance. That is the problem. Not that they don't want to work, are too lazy to work, etc. They DO work but states attract these employers by giving them tax breaks who want to pay as little as possible to their employees. Then taxpayers end up paying double by paying for the tax break for the employer AND we pay for the assistance the employee needs because the employer doesn't want to pay enough for the economy. Let's start being a lot smarter. Demand employers pay the wage dictated by the economy for that area and you will see people start to move off the lists for needing public assistance. They can become more productive and the local economy will strengthen because these people will be able to put more money into it but buying goods and services. I'm not sure what that process isn't an obvious one that will help us all.