Democratic politicians don’t realize how badly their constituents want welfare reform

About 82 percent of all likely voters, including an overwhelming 71 percent of Democrats, support requiring able-bodied adults to work in exchange for staying on food stamps. Yet last month, Democrats in the House of Representatives unanimously voted against the farm bill and the proven reforms it contained — including work requirements. Despite claiming to care about helping individuals, the vote was clear: Congressional Democrats oppose work, the most effective and proven way to lift people out of dependency.

In states that have implemented work requirements for food stamps, able-bodied adults leaving the program doubled their incomes, on average, and found work in more than 600 different industries. There’s a clear connection between work and prosperity — so why don’t congressional Democrats see it?