Elder Patriot| President Trump has served notice on Democrats that their gravy train is finally being subjected to scrutiny.
Trump has let it be known that he will no longer sit idly by while Democrats redistribute your hard-earned tax dollars to people who would rather not work.
Put in place ostensibly to help those who were down on their luck, these programs have become permanent support systems for tens of millions of able-bodied Americans. Dems have long used these welfare programs to seduce recipients of this largesse into voting for them.
America’s taxpayers are a generous lot and want to help those who need it, but no one wants to be taken advantage of by those who can work but abuse these programs anyways.
That is what is at the heart of President Trump’s rule change aimed to close loopholes in the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
In all of the hubbub surrounding the government shutdown, Andrew McCabe’s self-immolation tour, China, North Korea, and Jussie Smollett’s hate crime hoax, we missed the changes that the Trump administration wants to make to SNAP.
From Fox News:
The Trump administration is set to constrict work requirements for millions of people who receive federal food assistance and curtail just how much control states have in granting exemptions.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements would save $15 billion over 10 years.
“Moving people to work is common-sense policy, particularly at a time when the unemployment rate is at a generational low,” Perdue said in a statement.
As expected Democrats muddied the waters by mischaracterizing the effects of the change. They said more vulnerable Americans, including children, could go hungry with more stringent restrictions.
The fact is the rule change would not apply to anyone who is elderly, disabled or pregnant:
The USDA’S proposed rule change specifically affects able-bodied adults who do not have dependents – otherwise known as ABAWDs. Roughly 40 million people receive SNAP benefits on average. In 2016, ABAWDs accounted for only 3.8 million on SNAP, according to USDA figures. Of those 3.8 million, nearly 2.8 million are not working, the USDA said.
And what are these able-bodied adults without dependents expected to do in order to maintain their benefits? They must work 20 hours a week. Can’t find a job?
The work requirement can also be fulfilled through state-approved workfare programs or a SNAP Employment and Training Program.
Imagine that, Trump is a bad guy for asking welfare recipients to develop some pride in themselves and to at least make an effort to work, or to better themselves through approved programs, rather than live on the dime of the rest of us.
Sounds like common sense to me. Something that seems to be in short supply these days.