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New Video Highlights Transformational Effect of Work on Communities

Washington, D.C. — A new video, released today by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), showcases the life-changing effect of work on Americans trapped in government dependence.

Federal welfare programs often trap able-bodied individuals in a cycle of government dependence, instead of helping them find independence through work. As a result, millions of able-bodied adults remain dependent on welfare, many of them not working. These able-bodied adults divert resources from the truly needy and miss out on the economic freedom and dignity that works provide.

In the video, Lawrence B. Jones III, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform and welfare reform advocate, shares how hard work allowed him to create his own American dream out of a life of poverty. Jones remains committed to helping low-income and minority communities experience the independence of work by eliminating government dependency. He now calls on lawmakers to adopt policy reforms that attack welfare fraud and abuse and promote work to help low-income communities overcome dependency and preserve welfare as a temporary safety net for the truly needy.

“No matter where you are on the socioeconomic status, there’s work to be done. No one dreams of being in poverty, and sometimes, people shrink their dreams to their pocketbooks. But you’ll never be able to accomplish what you dream about by staying in that welfare mentality,” said Jones.

The full video can be viewed here.


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