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Another Win: SNAP Enrollment Drops Under Trump

SNAP food stampsAccording to the latest statistics from the US Department of Agriculture, over 1.1 million Americans have dropped off of the food stamp rolls since President Trump took office in January 2017.

The most recent USDA data also indicates that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment has dropped under Trump as well, already having decreased by 2.79% during the first several months of his presidency. Food stamp participation on average has dropped to its lowest level since 2010, and the trend is continuing, indicating a drastic improvement from when Barack Obama was president.

Donald Trump proposed major cuts to SNAP in May during his 2018 budget proposal, suggesting that states match up to 20% of federal money allotted for the food stamp program and expand work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps. President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, spoke about the administration’s plan, noting that the aim of the budget was ultimately to get people working. “If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, we need you to work. If you’re on disability insurance and you’re not supposed to be—if you’re not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work”.

President Trump’s budget proposal would slash nearly $193 billion from SNAP’s budget over the next decade—that’s over 25%. By cutting back eligibility and imposing additional work requirements, the Trump administration seeks to get more Americans back to work and off the government dime.

Federal lawmakers are also in the process of creating legislation that would expand food stamp work requirements and enforce time constraints on how long those enrolled in the program can receive benefits. The effects of Trump’s no-nonsense approach towards government assistance can already be seen in states such as Georgia and Alabama, both of which have recently instituted strict work requirements for able-bodied adults to receive food stamps, leading to significant decreases in enrollment in both states.

Robert Rector of the conservative Heritage Foundation perhaps put it best in a recent statement on work requirements and government assistance: “Welfare was never intended to be a one-way handout, but a program based on the idea of reciprocity. Those who receive benefits from the government should be required to work or participate in work-training as a condition”.

The decrease in SNAP enrollment is ultimately just one part of Trump’s larger plan to repair and rebuild the American economy, but sends a clear message to those who abuse the welfare system: Don’t want to lose your benefits? Then get to work.

By - Cole P. Zail

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People who genuinely need help should get it. That’s what these assistance programs are for.

However, if you can afford tattoos and ear rings and body piercing and street corner drugs you can afford to feed yourself too. There is absolutely no nutrition in tat ink, tongue studs or lip rings and meth will kill you not feed you.

Funny how that works, eh? People are dropping off the SNAP rolls yet nobody is starving to death like the Lib-Loons claimed they would. Gee, whodathunkit?

The problem is that these thieves can vote. They vote for those who steal from the productive to give to the non-productive to
buy and hold political power by making those who use the stolen goods easy and comfortable in the theft…those
who can but WON’T take care of themselves. Classic Communism via wealth redistribution and finally sovereign suicide due to
economic implosion. Benjamin Franklin said it best: ” “I’m all for helping the poor. But I differ as to the means. Rather than
making the poor easy and comfortable in poverty, we should lead or drive them out of it.” That’s what brotherly love and
promoting the general welfare look like.

Make America great again, and cut out the massive fraud going on by illegal immigrants in this country, which is condoned by the liberal Demorats. These programs are for fellow Americans, paid for by American taxpayers

it will slow down because Prez Trump said no welfare for 5 yrs….

I have at least three major emotional disorders, each of which precludes me from gainful employment (yes, I could receive disability SSI), yet I have been continually employed since 1981. I was brought up in the days where you were expected to take care of yourself to the best of your ability. Many in my present neighborhood, on the other hand, are fully able to work, yet they remain on government assistance (now into the 4th generation).

Yes – I have one living next door to me – been on welfare all her life – 4 kids – oldest got a free ride to college – quit after less than a year – pregnant – now back at home with mommy dearest. She is able to rent a house – drives a Chrysler 300 – new – I just don’t get it……….has 4 dogs that she doesn’t take care of and won’t admit to after they broke my fence and came after me (german shepherd)…………..I just want to send her back across the border. an absolute waste

The above just makes common sense. A good work ethic builds upon itself and gives dignity and sense of worth to the legal American citizen. Truly needy citizens that need temporary assistance should receive welfare as able bodied citizens can give back to the community. The government should protect the dignity of citizens as the public should protect the resources of the Federal government. We are a compassionate citizenery and do not begrudge those in need.

WH announced that the US has added over one million jobs since Trump became POTUS! COINCIDENCE?

For those who truly need help, I’m all for it. There are other forms of help out there, too. Many places have food banks available to those who need help. It seems that those who plan to live on welfare programs are living under a different form of slavery – the government owns them. If able bodied adult without small children at home – get out there and work. I see signs all the time for help needed in various places. Kuddos to Thomas H – such a good example of what’s right!

Someone help us here in Minnesota! This state is very liberal, and we need someone to help get Trumps ideas rolling!

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