President Trump and his administration seem to have upset the left-wing media with their goal of reducing the number of food stamp recipients. While the mainstream media has been quick to point out that a supposed majority of food stamp recipients that have kids already work, they seem to forget that although 55 percent work, a staggering 45 percent of food stamp recipients are unemployed.
Forty-five percent is by no means a small minority. When all stamp recipients are taken into account, including those without children, the percentage of recipients who have a job drops into minority status. Overall, just 44 percent of people on food stamps have a job–which means 66 percent do not.
Current rules regarding food stamps, or SNAP, only require that able-bodied adults without dependents work at least 20 hours a week in order to receive their benefits for more than three months. As reported, “76% of SNAP benefits go towards households with children, 11.9% go to households with disabled persons, and 10% go to households with senior citizens.”
That leaves just 2.9 percent of single, able-bodied adults that do not have dependents, which is not exactly a noteworthy percentage. The number of able-bodied adults without dependents on SNAP is incredibly small in comparison to anything else, so this “work 20 hours a week or only get benefits for 3 months” stipulation is essentially meaningless.
Some critics of our current food stamps program might also note that such stipulations don’t really motivate people to get off food stamps, but rather encourage them to do the bare minimum so they can get benefits and not have to work so much.
As reported, “We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of people on those programs. We’re going to measure compassion by how many people we can get off those programs,” said budget directior Mick Mulvaney. “If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, then we need you to go to work,” Mulvaney continued.
Overall, the White House hopes to reduce food stamp spending by $193 billion over the next ten years. It’s about time compassion applied to American taxpayers as well those who receive benefits–and the new “taxpayer-first” budget is a great step forward.