Most people don’t begrudge government assistance for the sick and disabled, the elderly, or single parents with kids. But most people who work expect that able-bodied adults, not disabled or elderly, need to quit loafing and start working.
Under the rule, some able-bodied adults without dependents who have received aid for more than three months would be required to take a job; if a job is not immediately available, recipients would be required to undertake training, perform community service work or at least look for a job.
The rule eliminates food stamp eligibility loopholes that allowed states to exempt large portions of their population from the work requirement and standardizes broad-based categorical eligibility guidelines. The change is anticipated to cut 3.1 million recipients from the program.
Under the proposed change, the number of families eligible for SNAP benefits would be reduced, cutting their children out of the school lunch program, or requiring their families to complete an application process to keep their children enrolled.
New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rolled out legislation in September aimed at combating economic inequality, which includes giving illegal aliens the ability to enroll in government welfare programs.
“With the proposed rule, USDA is on track to correct a problem that has allowed individuals with significant assets – including millionaires – to collect food stamps. The rule would close the loophole that has allowed this, ensuring food stamp resources only go to those who actually qualify and are truly in need.”
While the Trump administration is taking action to reduce food stamp fraud, the president’s critics are crying foul, and Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan is urging citizens to voice their opposition to coming changes in the program.
In February 2017, the first month after Trump took office, 42,297,791 persons were participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. As of June 2019, 36,029,506 persons were participating in the program.
I am very aware that there are individuals who are destitute and need help, and I am thankful that I am not one of them. But giving many of these individuals assistance without an expectation of a return is merely enslaving them in the programs.
The number of households receiving federal benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, is at its lowest level in nine years, according data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
When President Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty in the 1960s, he pledged to eliminate poverty in America. More than five decades, several welfare programs, and $25 trillion later, the welfare system has utterly failed the poor.