Ex-President Barack Obama’s expensive entitlement programs are slowly being phased out or pared down. His administration dumped money into the SNAP program, but instead of helping struggling Americans get back on their feet, his mismanagement created an incentive for lazy people to forego working.
Barack Obama’s bloated entitlement programs are finally fizzling out. Under his rule, Americans became used to handouts. President Trump has been in office for less than a year, and he’s already curtailing Obama’s extravagance.
Breitbart reports: “The U.S. government spent an estimated $68 billion on the food stamp program in fiscal year (FY) 2017, the lowest amount the government has spent on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—the program that administers food stamps—since the year 2010 when the government funneled $68.2 billion towards the program.”
The Obama administration acted as though its purpose in Washington was to secure cushy freebies for their constituents.
“Government spending on the SNAP program peaked at an all-time high in 2013, when the federal government poured an estimated $79.8 billion into the program because the Obama administration allowed those with higher incomes to receive benefits,” continues Breitbart.
The SNAP program is intended to provide additional nutrition to those who are struggling to feed themselves. It was never meant to be a replacement for earning an income, yet that’s the way that it’s being treated. Taking money from law-abiding, hardworking taxpayers and giving it to people who don’t want a job is akin to theft.
“We need people to go to work,” Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said in May. “If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, we need you to go 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.”
Entitlement programs swelled under the Obama administration.
Make America Great Again. Four simple words yet they encapsulate Trump’s presidency. Our country will suffer if we raise our people to be adult dependents. SNAP is a valuable program, but too many people have grown to depend on it.
States that institute strict work requirements receive significantly fewer SNAP applications.
“But states that have reimplemented work requirement have generally experienced greater drops in SNAP participation than in other states… Alabama put its work requirement back in place on January 1. By May 1, SNAP participation in the state was down 85 percent in 13 counties,” reports Newsweek.
“In Kansas, the amount of people receiving benefits was 75 percent lower around two years after its governor reinstated work requirements in 2013. In Georgia, there was a 62 percent drop on April 1, the deadline for recipients to find work under the reinstated rule.”
Those numbers are stunning. If someone isn’t willing to get a job, they don’t deserve to be receiving food stamps. Every dollar that is spent on the maintenance of a healthy bum is a dollar less for the American who truly needs the extra help.
Opponents of stricter SNAP eligibility requirements say that forcing people out off of Medicaid could be disastrous.
“Taking away someone’s food isn’t going to help them find a job any faster… if you want to help people connect to jobs, then you should focus on creating jobs and policies that raise wages and address barriers that people are facing,” said a spokeswoman for the Center for American Progress.
Americans DON’T have to go hungry. A lot of the people currently depending on food stamps are able-bodied enough to work.
Congress should do everything in its power to improve job prospects- and that’s what they’re doing. Increasing the scrutiny given to welfare applicants doesn’t interfere with increasing job opportunities.
“We want to make sure that people are getting the nutrition they need, but we also must maintain the integrity of the SNAP program for the benefit of recipients and for the protection of the taxpayers,” Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement.
American potential is being squandered. We’re the greatest country in the world, yet huge swaths of adult say that they can’t feed themselves. What’s going on?
“There are talented people across our country who aren’t pursuing the full potential of their capabilities, largely because government incentives make it more profitable in some cases to stay home and collect welfare than to pursue personal growth and responsibility through work,” Congressman Garrett Graves said in June.
“Government needs to provide a safety net for the vulnerable, but it’s become a lifestyle for some to actively choose government assistance over work.”