In a sweeping executive move against the welfare state, the Trump administration will implement a new rule this week that aims to kick 3.1 million Americans off the national food stamp program, a move that will save taxpayers more than two-and-a-half billion dollars a year. While the booming economy has driven food stamp use to a 10-year low, the Department of Agriculture is still interested in cutting fraud and abuse out of the system.
“This proposal will save money and preserve the integrity of the program,” said Sonny Perdue, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “SNAP should be a temporary safety net.”
In 43 states, residents who receive benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program are automatically eligible for food stamps through SNAP. But the new rule will make it possible for federal officials to divide those programs more neatly and subject SNAP recipients to a separate review of their income levels.
“Some states are taking advantage of loopholes that allow people to receive the SNAP benefits who would otherwise not qualify and for which they are not entitled,” Perdue said.
Naturally, left-wing activists are opposed to the move.
“This rule would disproportionately hurt families with children, seniors, and disabled people,” said Ben Olinsky of the Center for American Progress. “The 43 states that use broad-based categorical eligibility would have to change their eligibility rules, modify their computer systems, and retrain staff, placing an undue burden on state governments and making it more difficult for recipients and applicants to navigate the program.”
Yes because we know how concerned liberals are with increasing the complexity of the government. No, that’s not their concern at all. They are fighting for welfare recipients because Democrats depend on those people just as those people depend on the government. It therefore falls to Republicans to break this cycle of dependency, which dooms taxpayers to pay for an ever-inflating safety mattress if left alone. There measures are there for those that need them; if they don’t, then they shouldn’t be getting them.
Only liberals who want to protect a network of fraud and dependency would have a problem with this change. Liberals like Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who don’t understand (or care to understand) how much power the executive branch has over the implementation of its own programs.
“This proposal is yet another attempt by this Administration to circumvent Congress and make harmful changes to nutrition assistance that have been repeatedly rejected on a bipartisan basis,” Stabenow said in a statement. “This rule would take food away from families, prevent children from getting school meals, and make it harder for states to administer food assistance. “
Yes, harder for states to administer food assistance to those who don’t qualify. Any lawmaker who actually cares about the law would support such a move. We guess it’s clear where Stabenow’s priorities lie.