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Welfare recipients may face greater scrutiny

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: February 19, 2013

It may be tough for these bills to avoid running afoul of federal regulations or court challenges. Still, we expect each measure will enjoy strong public support.

Critics will argue the bills unfairly target the down-and-out and impose behavioral requirements not faced by other citizens getting a state benefit, such as driver's license recipients.

But as Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius noted, “He who eats my bread, does my will.” Those who receive food stamps from taxpayers shouldn't be surprised when taxpayers demand that they reciprocate by engaging in productive behavior and avoiding debauchery.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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