Even if the goal is simply to save taxpayers money, the workfare scheme is suspect. Further restricting eligibility for food stamps or Medicaid isn't preparing people to enter the workforce or, more pertinently, advance in the workforce to a job that pays well enough to afford to be off government assistance. It's not a handout, but then it's not a hand up either. Maine certainly dropped its welfare caseload, but to what end? Studies have shown a majority of people in Maine who were dropped from the SNAP rolls for not having a job still did not have a job one year later. Chronic problems worsened by poverty like drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness, homelessness or physical disability aren't magically corrected by denying someone a hot meal or decent medical care. And they are all costly in the long-term.