When Donald Trump won the presidency, he was given our overwhelming national debt to go with it. He’s been determined to reduce it since the second he took office and is about to make a big dent in it by removing two huge groups off food stamps who taxpayers probably didn’t realize they were paying for.
The onslaught of welfare reform news over the last several weeks has been a huge wake-up call to those enjoying the free ride on the coattails of hardworking Americans. From eliminating the “Obamaphone” to requiring drug tests before benefits, the new rules in addition to this just a lot worse for certain people who could now be evicted from the system for good.
Overseeing the food benefit program (SNAP) is The U.S. Department of Agriculture, who reportedly has almost 43.6 million people getting food stamps as of April 2016. On that massive meal ticket are a particularly grotesque bunch of criminals who have been convicted of sickening sex crimes and murder. These violent perverts are among those getting the boot.
“Major changes could be coming soon for two groups of people receiving food stamps — certain convicted criminals and winners of large lottery prizes,” the Conservative Tribune reports. The rules to back this up are already in place, they just haven’t been enforced under Obama who always aims to protect the wrong people.
“Section 4008 of the bill prohibited anyone convicted of federal aggravated sexual abuse, murder, sexual exploitation and abuse of children, sexual assault, or similar offenses under state laws, as well as those who are not in compliance with the terms of their sentence or parole or are fleeing felons, from receiving food stamps,” according toConservative Post.
Felons aren’t the only ones on the potential chopping block. Those who were lucky enough to win a large lottery sum or gambling winnings aren’t so lucky that they get to keep their welfare and windfall of funds. If they happen to spend through that cash and wind up in need again, they can get on welfare, but the proposal would prevent them from being on it while benefitting from their cash prize.
Proposed enforcement of these rules comes in addition to forcing each state to use a system that verifies immigration status and income of all food stamp applicants. This combined crackdown could save taxpayers a massive sum of money that could be put to far better use. The expected resistance from the left is already in effect calling these rules discriminatory, which worked for Obama but won’t for Trump.