Republicans rarely admit it, but they blame poor people for their bone-crushing poverty and feel disgust toward them at a gut level. Logic has nothing to do with it, because there is no empathy for those who were born into poverty and have no idea how to climb out. They do not even attempt to understand the circumstances that keep a foot on the throat of the poor, who got there due to illness, accident, disability, or divorce. Never mind that these Republicans inherited their wealth or had opportunities such as an excellent education at the right university handed to them. Check out how Donald Trump plans to pay for his tax cut for the rich on the backs of hungry American children.
Now, the Trump White House has committed to ending what used to be called food stamps and is now the SNAP program benefits for three million people. The administration’s new regulations will halt states from enrolling those who get welfare benefits automatically into the food stamp program.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue claimed that the states “have misused this flexibility,” according to TIME magazine:”
‘We are changing the rules, preventing abuse of a critical safety net system, so those who need food assistance the most are the only ones who receive it.’
Top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said:
‘(This) is yet another attempt by this administration to circumvent Congress and make harmful changes to nutrition assistance that have been repeatedly rejected on a bipartisan basis. This rule would take food away from families, prevent children from getting school meals, and make it harder for states to administer food assistance.’
Senior fellow at the Urban Institute gave testimony to a House Agriculture subcommittee last month when she said:
‘We particularly worry about food‐insecure households with kids and adolescents. Food insecure children have higher rates of fair and poor health, have higher rates of hospitalization, increased risk of asthma, and delays in cognitive developments.’
The rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as the food stamp program will change. Now, the states consider people earning over 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines as qualifying for and automatically enrolled in SNAP. That was just $32,640 for a family of four.
As of now, 40 states and the District of Columbia use alternative eligibility criteria, no more than double the poverty level income. Keep in mind, poverty level food stamps were designed as temporary subsistence nutrition.
In the U.S., 36 million people receive SNAP benefits of $121 per person per month. That is just four dollars a day for each individual. A bag of cookies can cost more than four dollars.
With an improving economy, the number of people utilizing SNAP dropped to 2.5 million this year.
Should the White House cut automatic enrollment, the consequences would unfairly hit working families with children. The very people who have been trying to climb out of poverty.
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