Seems like the freeloaders of America are deciding to ditch their ‘milking it’ ways.
According to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the food stamp program is at it’s all time low in seven years.
Is this directly correlated with the low illegal border crossings?
Who knows, but it is because Trump is in the Oval!
According to Breitbart: USDA statistics on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation showed that 42,609,852 people in the U.S. took part in the food stamp program in fiscal year (FY) 2017, the lowest level it has been since 2010 when 40,302,000 people enrolled in the program.
Food stamp usage has been on a steady decline after 2013, when enrollment in the government program swelled to 47.6 million, the highest amount it has ever been since the program’s inception.
The increase in the number people receiving food stamps during that period can be attributed to the Obama administration’s effort to allow those with higher incomes to receive benefits. Enrollment in benefits increased by 70 percent from the year former President Barack Obama took office in 2008 to 2013.
Starting in 2014, the number of people on food stamps started to decline slowly. The decline in enrollment began as a combination of the Obama administration’s slight cuts to the food stamp program in the 2014 Farm Bill and state efforts to curb prolonged food stamp dependency.
Obama signed an $8.7 billion food stamp cut into law as a way to placate House Republicans in early 2014 after they pushed for deeper cuts to the program throughout 2013.
States like Maine also separately began the process of implementing work requirements to receive the government benefit. Many states delayed pulling a move like this because of the recession.
With the combined effort from individual states and the funding cuts, a domino effect occurred.
The number of Americans receiving food stamps has seen a steady decrease: 2014 had 46.6 million food stamp recipients, 2015 had 45.8 million and 2016 44.2 million enrolled.
Although Maine led the way in implementing work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents who wish to receive food stamps, a lot of other states did not catch on until 2016-2017.
Georgia made headlines when thousands dropped off the state’s food stamp rolls after the state gradually rolled out food stamp work requirements starting in 2016. Other states such as Alabama soon followed, and more states are starting to find ways to decrease food stamp enrollment and increase employment.
At the federal level, lawmakers are working on legislation to take food stamp work requirements nationwide and reinstate time limits on how long recipients can receive benefits.
The less people milking our government benefits, the better! Yes, there are times lending a helping hand is necessary. But to turn that hand into a crutch… it weakens our entire nation.
Attaching work requirements to food stamps is a great way to ensure people getting such benefits will be empowered enough to get out of the program too; and the more Americans working, the better for our economy. Let’s keep these wheels in motion, people!