Finally, we are looking at a budget reform that includes welfare! While welfare in itself is not bad, as long as it helping people who actually need help, there are a lot of people cheating the system and receiving free money. Money that they should be required to pay back if you ask me.
The proposed budget is the most ambitious reform of its kind since the 90’s! Their main focus is to require able-bodied adults to work in exchange for the food stamps they are receiving. It is projected to save $190 billion over the next ten years! This is crazy good!
President Trump wrote a letter to congress, in which he stated, “We must reform our welfare system so that it does not discourage able-bodied adults from working, which takes away scarce resources from those in real need. Work must be the center of our social policy.”
YES! This is what Republicans have been preaching for years! It is nice to see that it is finally be addressed! Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, also stated earlier this week, “If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, then we need you to go to work.”
The food stamp program has ballooned in recent years, with 50 million Americans now on food stamps and using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards at the grocery or convenience store to buy food and drinks. That’s about 15 percent of the population, and it’s a dramatic increase from the 17 million Americans who were on food stamps in 2000.
The total cost of the food stamp program, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is now more than $83 billion a year. Almost all of it is funded by the federal government.
And in what may be a shock to most Americans, the government doesn’t know what that money is spent on — what percentage of it is spent on meat, what percent on vegetables, what percent on soda, on candy, on potato chips.
In a 2011 study involving one unnamed grocery store chain, it was found that food stamp recipients spent more money on soda than on any other item.
Robert Rector, a welfare reform expert at The Heritage Foundation, says that in returning to the work requirement — the “core” of welfare reform in the 1990s — President Trump is “picking the gauntlet off the ground where the Republican Party dropped it.”
“He’s really getting back to real reform,” he told LifeZette.
Trump’s proposal would require states, which administer the SNAP program, to come up with one dollar for every four dollars the federal government spends on it.
The federal government now pays for all food-stamp benefits, money that is sent to the states.
“It’s like Chinese funeral money,” says Rector. “They just burn it.”
The work requirement mirrors what the state of Maine did, with remarkable results.
There are, technically, state work requirements for food stamps. But the Obama administration granted states waivers during the recession, and most remain in place.
Would you say this is a step in the right direction? Obviously we will need to continue to evolve and update our systems but I think this is the best step we can take right now.
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