When he’s not busy defeating our enemies abroad ……
Heads will explode in the Democrat party, which seeks to keep their slaves on the dole. That way they own them.
Food stamp rolls have declined by 7M under Trump even before reforms take effect
by Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner | January 08, 2020 12:00 AM
President Trump has overseen a drop of millions of food stamp beneficiaries even before his administration’s proposals for tightening eligibility take effect.
The administration sees it as an accomplishment that food stamp rolls have fallen by 17.5% as the economy has grown and said that further reforms to the benefits will aid families. Democrats and anti-poverty groups, though, warn that the administration’s proposals would further impoverish children, immigrants, and veterans.
Trump’s year-end list of “results” included the boast that “nearly 7 million Americans have been lifted off of food stamps,” which the administration credited to people “being lifted out of poverty as a result of today’s booming economy.”
Indeed, the latest data from the Department of Agriculture shows that 7.7 million fewer Americans receive food stamps now than did when Trump entered the White House. The Agriculture Department administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, but the actual food stamp benefits are distributed by individual states.
The administration said it can further boost employment in the years ahead through reforms to food assistance. But nonprofit groups focused on hunger and poverty and a number of Democrats in Congress said the efforts are based on the stereotype that people on food stamps are lazy and mooching off the federal government and will only harm beneficiaries.
“The Trump-proposed rulemaking looks to limit access to SNAP because of stereotypes that certain people take advantage of the system. They’re demonizing those who are poor and need help,” said Josh Protas, vice president of public policy at MAZON, a Jewish nonprofit organization focused on alleviating hunger and poverty.
Military veterans are an example of a group that is particularly in need of food stamps that has been harmed by these stereotypes, Protas said, as the majority eligible for food stamps don’t use them, perhaps out of shame or ignorance. “Two in three are literally leaving food on the table, going hungry when they don’t have to,” said Protas.
In the past year, the USDA has proposed three major changes to the food stamp program: new rules that would create stricter work requirements for program eligibility, remove the states’ flexibility when it comes to the income threshold of the program, and changing the immigrant “public charge” definition, which can prevent immigrants from getting U.S. visas if they get certain government benefits, to include food stamps.
“The Trump administration has deliberately taken policy actions to reduce the number of needy people getting food assistance under SNAP,” said Olivia Golden, executive director for the Center for Law and Social Policy. “It has gone around Congress to change policies with bipartisan support in order to make people hungrier.”
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